I’m finding it hard to get into the groove. I suspect I have not been in one lately, but I was writing, and the stories were coming together.
My biggest accomplishments seem to come when I’m writing 50,000 words or more for a NANOWRIMO book. It’s interesting that it seems to be the only time I can focus my mind on writing. And as another November is coming up, I’m looking forward to working on the next novel.
I have no idea why on those occasions the creative mind is organised and the ideas and words flowed. I know it was just supposed to be raw writing, but one one occasion I even had time to rewrite the start. As we all know, by the time you get to the end, a lot of stuff at the start needs to be fixed, especially in light of plot changes and continuity.
Unless of course you’re a planner, which I’m not.
Now, looking at one of the novels on the screen, I have the job of editing and re-writing, after waiting the requisite few months between finishing the rough draft, and starting on the polishing.
It seems that April is the month to be doing the first editing, but that has passed, and it’s time I looked at the one I wrote last November. That month came and went, and the file had not been looked at since.
Then there’s the sequel to What Sets Us Apart, called Strangers We’ve Become I’ve finally got to editing several times, and it’s nearly done.
But here’s the thing.
It’s all but done and dusted, and I was doing a final read before handing to the editor for one last check. That was a mistake. I seem to be one of those writers that can’t let it go. I should not have picked it up for a re-read!
I don’t know if anyone else has the same problem, but as soon as I had finished it, I had a feeling (oh no not one of those feelings, I can hear the editor saying) and something was not quite right. Perhaps I’ll put it back down again, and think some more on it.
Perhaps I should just pour another drink and go back to watching the ice hockey, only I just remember the Maple Leafs crashed out in the first round of the playoffs.
OK, I just had an idea for the third book in the series.