I’m happy to report that the editing has been going really well!
(Let us stop here for a brief celebration)
I owe my celebration dance to the fact that I’m finally learning to focus when I’m writing. Let me explain. I like to think I’m the queen of multi-tasking. I know that’s something that everyone puts on their resumes, but I’ve spent years cultivating this talent. The truth I’ve learned in the past few weeks is that I’m not always great at it! Some goals in my life can handle the limited attention my multitasking brings with it, and others cannot. Writing is one of the later.
My book has been jealous for my full attention, and I’m amazed at how quickly it’s blossomed since I’ve given in to it! I’ve been trying to write a book in the middle of my organized chaos, and it simply hasn’t worked for me. This week I made a concerted effort to lay everything else down, and the results have been fantastic.
I feel like I’m gaining clarity about my revision, and things are starting to come together!
I’m determined to edit my book in order. It just makes sense to me to do it that way, and it helps me keep tabs on whether or not my story is flowing. The problem with my editing style comes when I hit “The Brick Wall”.
For a while now I’ve been stuck on one scene in particular. It almost feels like this scene is a brick wall standing between me, and a finished novel. Now that I’m in the push to finish editing my book, I’ve noticed something very interesting. The key to knocking down that wall has been me learning to write consistently. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but my previous writing schedule was erratic to say the least! There was no structure, I would just write when I felt like it, or when the story inside my head became louder than my distractions. Anytime I did sit down to write, I was greeted by my “Brick Wall” scene. I would try to figure it out, but usually ended up giving up in frustration. This frustration caused me to begin to dread my writing sessions, which is why they became so erratic. It’s like one big dysfunctional circle of life!
I’ve only been writing consistently for a week, and the good news is that within a few days my “Brick Wall” scene fell into place. It’s amazing what spending time with your book will do (I’ll spare you the inevitable dating/relationship comparisons here!).
I’m just glad to be past it, and it’s a valuable lesson I plan to remember!
I’ve found that I tend to write best outside of my own home. There’s just something about sitting in a coffee shop or library that gives me a kick of motivation. None of the comforts of home are nearby, and that just makes me want to get to work (mostly so I can get home!). My goal is to try to write at least 2 days a week outside of my apartment.
Today I decided to stay after work to write. Here’s the spot I chose:
It was quiet and peaceful. I logged on to THIS cool writing playlist and got to work. I found the playlist on you tube, and it’s 6 continuous hours of super inspiring music. I kind of love that I can just turn it on and forget about it. I manged to edit my way through more than 3,000 words today and that puts me way over the goal I’d set for the day.
All in all I’d say it was a great start!
I’ve sat down to write this blog post probably 100 times. So many things have stopped me. Chief among those reasons is an overwhelming sense of embarrassment. This blog is called Poppy Writes a Book, and yet I haven’t been able to do that. At times it feels more like Poppy procrastinates a Book!
I have let life, work, TV, travel, and a host of other distractions get in the way of me actually finishing my book. It’s a shame, because I’m so close. Even when I’m distracted my book is never far from my mind. I think about it all the time. The voice memo app on my iPhone is full of new ideas that strike me every day. And yet I still haven’t finished.
In my personal life I’ve really been wrestling with this quote:
When I apply those words to my writing it boils down to the fact that I need to either do something about finishing my book (ACT), or I need to ACCEPT the fact that I’m never going to finish. The thought of not finishing kind of pisses me off, so I’ve decide to say a big SCREW YOU to not finishing. I’ve got way too many stories inside me to give up. And so with that, I’m making a final push to finish my edit of “Season of the Defender”.
So, what can you expect from me here on the blog? I won’t promise daily updates (hello distraction!). But I will be posting about my progress here.
Here we go…