Tracking, Not Back Tracking

The last several weeks have been busy with my Day Job. I don’t know about other writers, but I find I have to have at least three hours of uninterrupted time in order to complete a chapter of about 4,000.

Since I’m doing this part-time, it’s a balancing act.

There’s no way this time of year.

Instead of having good news to report about the progress I’ve made on Oaks and Acorns, I instead must hang my head in shame. 😦

What I have been doing when I get a chance is going back over the first six chapters, getting rid of the excess (I am the Queen of Excess, no doubt), tightening up my sentences and streamlining my words.

I’ve also laid out the characters and plot, something I didn’t do the first time around. It’s going to make so much more sense.

This is my first venture into chick-lit, which is different from that dark and dreary book I first wrote. Finding Cadence is more a journey into the deep recesses of the soul, a trip that could just as easily end badly as it could have redemption. I’m trying to keep O&A light, fast, inventive.

This is hard to do when there are other things pressing on the back burner threatening to torch the rest of my life.

As with other areas of my existence, I find that self-imposed deadlines are the best bet. I want this baby put to bed by the end of September.

On another note, I joined the local group of Romance Writers. Unfortunately, the RWA national convention is this week and as a result there will be no meeting this month. I’ll have to wait until next month to gain some wisdom from this group of ladies.

It’s going to be hard, but I’ll try to keep tracking and not back tracking.

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One Response

  1. Great post! I totally identify with your process, I’m in the midst of this kind of thing, too. I had to take a break from my book earlier this summer because of five weddings. With my sister, my cousin, and a few close friends all getting married, I found it increasingly difficult to focus. Now that all that’s over, though, it’s nice to get back in the swing of things again. The good thing is, my story feels stronger now because it had all that time to sink in and dig roots. Though I wasn’t actively working on it, my plot and characters deepened over this time. I hope this is the case for you, too! 🙂 I look forward to reading about your progress!

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