Wednesday, 4 June 2014
the writer's edition: month 14 check-in
I've finally moved past editing Chapter 1 - it's taken so many rewrites to get it to this point and I'm sure I'll be looking at it again, but it's almost there. The second chapter is the focus of my attentions for now - it has to be just right to keep moving the action forward. It's satisfying, exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. And something of a feat, considering most of my work is done with small people running around in the background!!
I have to keep reminding myself to just move on - all writers are faced with decisions of 'what comes next' and at some point, they've had to make their choices and stick with them. Endlessly changing and rearranging means their work would never have been finished. Once I have a manuscript complete - from start to finish - I will be able to assess then whether it all makes sense. This is also the point at which I'll bring in my first readers for their opinions too.
And then? The next project! There are a few floating around - some have a sentence or more written down already, some are still merely thoughts in my mind - but I just have to pick one and stick to it, starting this whole process again. It might even be a matter of starting a few of these pieces - maybe even getting a few chapters in - before deciding what comes next. Another adventure, whichever path I take!
Until next month!
(PS Always something in the centre of the dining table - these chrysanthemums were a big feature over Easter, at the moment there are paper cranes. And yes, usually sprinklings of dust - I can't be expected to write and do everything!!)