Monday, August 2, 2010

Staying Dry

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."
-E.L. Doctorow

I have been trying to work on my rewrite/edit of my latest novel KIN for a few weeks now. I did great with the first two chapters, and now I am stuck. I keep looking at Chapter 3 and it just stares back. I realized after a week that maybe I should read Chapter 4 to see if that will help. Not only did I discover that it was necessary to edit Chapter 3 and 4 together, but Chapter 5 threw itself in there too. So, I need to rewrite Chapters 3-5 so they fit together just right. I am just not sure yet how to do it yet. I am not an outlining type of person, but maybe in editing I am. I found note cards and decided I might have to create some sort of timeline of events. This is very different than I have ever done while writing.

My goal at this point is to have the first rewrite complete at the end of August. If not, I might just need to move on for a while to a different project. I have been working on short stories for my critique group, Stone Circle, during this time. My mind keeps telling me "At least you are doing something", but it is not convincing enough any longer. I am doing research for KIN , as well, but that can't count any longer either. This novel needs me. It won't rewrite itself.

I have discovered that writing is easy, but editing/rewriting is the challenge. Also, time.

I started exercising again recently, and I am trying to have that as a priority. I think that it might be cutting into my editing/rewrite time. I need to work harder at a balance between these two. It shouldn't be this hard! I do know that I have been feeling physically better, which means that I can't drop exercise for writing. There has to be a way to balance the two. I will find a way!

I will write up a check-up on my progress on the last Monday of August. I do love goals. (I hope I feel the same way during my progress report.)


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