Summer is officially over as both of my girls head to school this week and that means we’re entering another phase of life. This phase promises to be exciting, challenging, and full of things I’m sure I don’t see coming.
The summer ended the way a lot of things are in the world right now, which is to say with a lot of things up in the air and no real clear path to plan for. And that’s ok, because we need to be flexible in order to deal with whatever there is to come. In terms of my writing goals, I’m keeping them as clear and uncomplicated as I can. I want to finish the revision of MS:D, revise the query letter for it, and give myself some time to reflect. It’s a thing that I try to leave myself time for every few months, to reflect on where I am in my writing journey and where I’m going in the following months, but I haven’t had much time to do so lately. I want to set some time aside to do this because I’m about to finish this revision of MS:D, which will lead directly into querying it and then getting ready for NaNoWriMo. Taking some time to reflect before I dive back into the manuscript will allow me to keep in mind what worked from the last few months, what didn’t, and what needs to be reevaluated in the grand scheme of things before moving forward.
I left MS:D at the near-end of act 2. The revisions so far have felt really, really good and this version of the story is so much closer to the truth of the character’s journey and the core of what the world within the story pushes the characters to face. The bonds the characters have forged so far are about to be tested in a way they haven’t been yet and the strength they’ve had to build is going to be relied upon like it hasn’t been before. Whether they’ve gathered enough strength or forged bonds strong enough to survive the darkest night of their soul is yet to be seen. I know what’s coming for my main character and I know that her going through it now will be so much different than it was before. The betrayal that’s coming is going to hurt so much more than it did before because the history behind it has so much more detail than it did before. She understands things on a different level and that will lead to the way things happen hurting her on a different level. Dealing with and trying to survive what happens with that much happening around her is going to be so much more intense. I want to take some time to reflect before I dive back into the revisions because I know going into them with a clearer mind will lead to much more focused writing. My creativity is calling and I’m eager to lose myself within it once again.
In case you haven’t been told today, you are more than enough.