Thank you, those who commented on my post yesterday about my writing wall. Your encouragement means the world to me.
This morning I pushed on ahead. I think a lot of my frustration at this moment is with my tinkering, it basically takes QFS back to the status (and quality) of a first draft. In addition, I’m trying to figure out how to make my characters better, and figure out how to properly structure/plot a novel. Which I’ve never really done. It’s hard and frustrating and tear-inducing.
But I will get there.
Anyway, thanks much and I’m keeping at it.
We’re about midway through April now, and I’m about midway through my edits! I just finished editing chapter seventeen yesterday, which means I only have eight more chapters to go! Of course, with the final chapters I will have significantly more work to do, to keep it consistent with the edits I’ve made to this point. I’ve also thought the end is too quick – I don’t go into much detail about ANYTHING, and so that will probably have to be remedied.
If I keep going at this rate, I will be done with my edits by the 25th of April.
It hasn’t been all fun and games, of course. Last week I had TWO DAYS in which I didn’t edit any of my manuscript. I made up for that this past weekend, but it’s still demoralizing to have a goal and then not be focused enough to work towards it. The good news is that I’m back on track now!
It’s important to realize that some days are going to be hard, and others might be impossible. I’ve never had much luck accepting that, so it’s been one thing I’ve had to really work at. And I’m getting better! You’ve got to just give yourself a couple days, and then jump back on the horse. Because if you let the bad days control you, that novel is never going to be finished, let alone published!
Good luck and take care, fellow travelers.