I hope you've all had a wonderful summer! I can't believe how quickly it seemed to go!
While I am not quite where I hoped to be at this point in the summer (seems like I never estimate enough time for my projects), I am done with the draft, and working with some friends on getting the manuscript in good order.
|I've officially moved from the desk, to the comfy chair and ottoman. :)|
I tend to get lost once the story gets to a certain point. I think most of that problem was in my head. You know?
Almost as though I was afraid to have too many things going on for fear of jinxing the book. So, I hunkered down and powered through as best I could with everything going on. In the midst of that, I realized that I have let myself become moderately superstitious about my writing... and this I need to work on. I've never been one of those people (at least not consciously), but I think it was my fear overstepping.
But, while my inner self-doubt and fear may have pressed me a little more than I would like to admit, I didn't give up. Honestly, I felt so sick of this story and its challenges at times, but at other times it really surprised me and helped me through some of the changes that are going on in my professional life. These characters really have come to mean a lot to me. (Even the antagonists... hell, some days especially the antagonists!)
Over the last month, I have shared my WIP (for the first time during this project) with my husband, my sister, and a friend. I have swallowed some ego (honestly, it hurts to see your baby criticized no matter how constructively, at first... am I right?), and been psyched to see how it has made the book better! It has a ways to go... really... but I am so grateful for the continued (and awesome) feedback from these brilliant people. :)
Currently, I'm meeting a fellow writer, and friend, once a week to go over sections of the book, and I'm working on polishing it into a tight/smooth read. This is the part of my writing skill-set that I need to strengthen the most. I look forward to improving in this area. :)
So... that's pretty much what I've been up to. How about you guys? Have you kicked any self-doubt-butt lately?