Last week I continued working on revisions and ended the week with only five more chapters to go before this version of the story is complete. It’s always a bittersweet experience to approach the finish line on a project and this one is no different.
As I’m nearing the end I keep reflecting back on the whole process and what it takes to write a story. Writing a story and creating a world where characters live is an experience that never fails to amaze me. I’ve lived with these characters and investigated their world and their lives for details and information for three years now. Every time I’ve gone back to it, I’ve learned something new and noticed something I hadn’t before. Every chapter I revise is a fuller, richer experience and that has happened because I’ve pushed myself to bring more to it than I had before. I found this week several places where looking at a scene from different character’s perspectives has been really helpful in the revision. Even if I wasn’t writing from that character’s point of view at that moment, it helped to view the character who was talking from those different angles. It’s an exercise I’ve worked hard on integrating into my process during this manuscript and one I’m looking forward to bringing with me into my next projects.
This week I’m hoping to get through three more chapters of the story and then finish the week after. I am tempted to say I will get through all five remaining chapters, but I know the week that’s coming and three chapters is more than enough to try to add to the load. While the last five chapters should move along fairly quickly, especially because the last act of this story is pretty strong, I don’t want to rush it. Giving into the temptation to hurry along the ending could lead to missing details or changes that are necessary to make the story better and I won’t do that. I’ve also been just barely scratching the surface on prepping for my NaNoWriMo project, and may do more work for that if it demands my attention. I had written the barest sketch of the three acts of the story during the August weeks of summer and I wanted to get those notes into my Scrivener doc. Once this revision of MS:D is complete, before October 1st, I will spend the month of October prepping for NaNoWriMo. My first priority this month is finishing this revision of this manuscript and journeying with these characters as they complete their story.
In case you haven’t been told today, you are more than enough.