Writing and Weaving

Stories. This week it was all about the stories.

I continued to work on revising the Nanowrimo 2018 manuscript and revising/writing the new story. I am loving the pacing and process I’ve got going on for both. I’m currently taking the time to read through and revise anywhere from two to four chapters at a time. I’m printing the chapters out to do my revisions and read through on a physical copy and then typing the corrections into my Scrivener document. For the new project, I manage to write two chapters, print and revise them, and then write two more. It’s a really cool way to weave this story. Even though I’m working on two projects at once, I’m so present in each story by following this process. I also brought a chapter from the Nanowrimo manuscript to my peer critique group for feedback, which was very insightful, as always. What I realized though, and I know it will mean more of a process, is that I need to do a revision of the chapters before I bring it to group. This draft hasn’t been looked at since November 2018, and it is such a rough draft (the nature of Nanowrimo) I really need to fix some of the blaring issues so that time isn’t wasted on the obvious when I do bring it for critique. I had two characters named Sam, and they were both the same character, but acting as two people. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I had to laugh because a few days before the meeting my sister and I had been talking about how when we go back to do a read-through, we wonder who the heck wrote those first drafts. It will mean I’m doing almost two revisions of the story based on the chapters I have critiqued, but the story will be better for it in the end.

This week I hope to finish revising the chapters I’ve got printed and get those revisions into my computer and then write another chapter in the new story. The last chapter I wrote in the new story ended on a beautiful but tense moment between my characters, and I’m eager to see how they react to each other when next they meet. They’ve also been told that they have to do the thing they most don’t want to do, and I don’t know how they’ll move around each other as they navigate that space. There will be increased focus and tension on them, and I haven’t even begun to introduce their situation to their respective circles. I’m excited to dive into the writing just thinking about it.

All of that being said, I don’t know how much time will be spent on writing this week as it is my and my youngest daughter’s birthdays. My oldest had her birthday at the beginning of the month. It’s an interesting thing to navigate, but I think we’re doing it well. We’re not doing birthday car parades (trying to explain to the four-year-old why we can only wave to friends and family and not be with them turned into a VERY disastrous thing for the one parade we did attend) but will instead play games together, FaceTime friends and family, and eat cake. Which is all pretty fantastic. 🙂 I keep reminding them, as much as myself, that we’re doing the right things and that none of this is permanent. We don’t know yet what is going to happen, but we know that things will change, and eventually, slowly, things will get better.

I don’t know if you’re working on a project right now, or if things are too hard to do so, but I wanted to remind you: a dream delayed is not a dream cancelled. Remember to keep going and that you are doing a great job!

Happy Writing!

Note: This sign is one that my Papa gave me when I was in college and going through a very difficult time. It is prominently displayed on my writing wall and each time I read it, I remember how far I’ve come. I also remember his smile and the feel of his hugs.

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