Shouldn’t I be spending all my free time working on my novel? That’s the question I ask myself as I write this very post.
The problem with the above is the word should. What does it matter what I should be doing? It matters more what I am doing. And at the moment I’m writing. ‘Cause that’s what I do. I’m a writer.
I’ve spent most of my time focusing on blog posts (like this one) and new story ideas. I came up with a fitting way to clean up the residual issues with my novel and that meant a lot of changes. As excited as I was about the outcome ironically enough the journey was my stumbling block. It’s a very cyclical situation; editing your own work. You find an area needing fixing, figure out how to repair the issue, that causes numerous other changes, and before you know it you’re re-writing most of your work. Then, you become overwhelmed at the thought that your book’s not done and won’t be anytime soon. So, you become frustrated and focus on other things instead; ones with quicker results. Like blogging.
For the past few weeks, I’ve devoted more time to finishing this YA fantasy novel. Numerous title changes have occurred which is why I’m calling it “this novel”. As I mentioned in the last blog entry, I’m liking the new direction of not only the storyline but the characters’ journeys. It’s coming along bit by bit; as long as I don’t leave them stuck on the path.
Besides…I can’t dilly-dally too long or all the actors I envision in certain roles will no longer be of the ideal character age range.
All the best,