Saturday, October 17, 2015
In my last post, I talked about filling my time back up with a lot of work. Wow, that is most definitely the case. I have been editing and writing away. Let me tell you a little bit about it.
In the spring, I tried periodically to work on my latest novel, “Pursuing Knowledge.” I struggled. In May, I went to a conference when I had a light bulb moment. My novel reached its ending and I thought I had about 21 more scenes in my protagonist’s (Corrion) future to write. Nope, instead I had some 20+ scenes to write from the antagonists’ (Icylica and Stephne) point of view. Unfortunately, the short moments I had to write left me a little lost in the plot. The summer drug by with no writing on the novel. Gurr!!!
At the end of September and after the busy church retreat obligations, I sat down, as lost as ever. I needed to read my 310 page novel to remember more than the high points. Starting October 1st, I vowed to read/edit 30+ pages a day by October 10th. My dear friend Melissa helped by holding me responsible for texting her each evening with a report. She cheered me on and I finally dropped all my procrastination and finished it by the 9th.
With my success, I needed to keep the candle burning. Starting on the 10th, my goal turned into editing/writing 4 scenes a day. Of course, I started having flare-ups from my fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. I have been hurting and dragging with no energy. I still have been plugging forward. A friend of mine made the comment that I am my own boss; I could take a day off. True, but I fear that one day will turn into to and the next thing I know it will be Halloween Day and I am not done. Yes, my goal is to send my novel out to my first readers on the 31st. This book has been looming over my head now for a good year. I want it gone!!!
I have 30 scenes completed. I have 46 scenes left to edit, but of those, I have 10 scenes that need to be written from scratch. I also have to go through the character arc of my two villains. This might flush out a couple more scenes to write. Calgon, take me away!!!
As for the rest of my life, as I mentioned, the flare-ups are being a little challenging. This week was a bit tough with my husband home one day and my daughter home other days. I love to spend time with them. They are great though and let me have some time to write. I pray next week the flare-ups are gone and I can add hours to my work days. God willing.