I’ve been making steady progress in the editing department. I was a little surprised at how much of it was sitting around thinking about my characters and my plot and not marking the document up with blood. I suppose I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t bled for this thing. Papercuts, man. They are the killer you never suspect.
So far I’ve managed to figure out what makes my characters tick and rewrite the plot – including a detailed outline. It sounds like a weekend in the park, but let me tell you, this is the product of an entire week of mental anguish. And I’m not even ready to start rewriting yet.
I still have a few things on my to-do list before I can cut open a vein and dip my pen in. This includes: making all my notes digital, rewriting back-story for a few characters, determining subplot and weaving that into the story, drawing out character arcs and finally, re-reading the first draft again to find any little gems I want to keep for later.
I feel like I’ve made good progress for a week, but I still have a long, hard road ahead of me. The character arcs are what’s going to put me over the edge. I’m sure of it. Sometimes I think I’m crazy for wanting this so badly, but then I remember that I’m already crazy. The way I figure, since I’m already two straws short of a haystack I may as well go all-in.
Otherwise life is quiet. I can begin rewriting soon – and I’m more than a little excited about that.
Happy Wednesday – stay shiny!