I have been trying to do too much again. But, it did not take much for me to take a step back and reassess my priorities. I keep trying to write this short story for a competition but it is not coming. It is based on an idea I had a while ago for a series of short stories but I thought I just needed a kick-start. However, when the theme of this competition gave me the kick-start, I fell at the first hurdle. Still, I keep trying again but to no avail. Hence, I have put it aside. Maybe permanently; we’ll see if I get another spark to a flame. But, really, I think it is because the fiction writing part of me is in deep with my novel and nothing else is going to stand a chance in the meantime. I think I keep pushing myself to write short stories because I know I need to be exercising my writing muscles, which I am not exactly doing when I’m editing. I am absolutely dreading rewrites because of this.
So, onto my 32658263089 plan of attack: edit, edit, edit. Blog, blog, blog. I think the most effective way for me to exercise those writing muscles is through blogging. BUT, I just need to make the time. For some reason, I am anti handwriting my blog entries and then typing them up, even though I will handwrite an entire novel. However, I need to try as I find I cannot focus on writing when I am at home in the evenings whereas typing up I can just about manage (just about: I am trying to type up my changes a chapter a night but this is not happening; home alone tonight though hence blog post AND typing up changes.).
Anyway, I have now finished my on-paper edit and, as mentioned, am now typing up my changes (any rewrites I am marking in red and that will be my next task; actually, second next task as I need to jot down some sort of timeline too). Following from my last editing update, I have worked through the last three parts. This didn’t take long as 1) they are much shorter and 2) there are a lot of rewrites. This part of the book was a lot of trial and error as I knew where I wanted the story to go and key events within but I had no idea how I would get there.
On the whole I am very happy with this chapter. The main issues are the relationship between my MC and her mother – I need to do this more justice and I have been far too brief – and refining an important scene, although I think this will be improved in itself once I have done the rewrites for Part 3.
This is where the story starts getting a bit ‘bitty’, hence why I really need to piece together a timelines. Lots of rewrites here, but I am getting near the end of the story and need to go beyond perfect. Also, some very significant moments that, although I don’t want to drag them out, certainly need more attention. Main problem: I have completely omitted a character and, although part of me has thought that maybe this is a sign that I should just drop her all together, I also need a whole new scene for something to make sense and I can use her there.
Happy with the content of this part, it just needs refining and ensuring that the order and structure are correct. I like the ending but, obviously, it will need rewriting to ensure that it doesn’t disappoint :-).
Fortunately, I am writing this in a good mood and can say that I am very happy with my first draft, as a first draft. I can clearly see where it works and where it doesn’t and I have been strict with myself. I am looking forward to having all my changes typed up so I can get onto the rewrites – however scary it is! Also, I have solved a mystery, but I just need to figure out how I actually incorporate the answer into my work. (To understand this you will have to wait until my next post – I was very good and handwrote a book review after finishing my most recent book and I will type it up sometime this week.)