Tuesday. Time for a slice of life. Thanks to the incredible people at Two Writing Teachers for a place to share.
Monday was a day to work on my manuscript. I have been away from it all summer until last week when my critique group met (my home group).
I have know for awhile that my beginning needed a change. A dramatic change. I had an idea and last week my critique group confirmed I was on the right track.
As I worked on the manuscript, I started noticing how I write. There are things, I need to do before settling into work.
Like making sure I am caught up on my email. Today that led me to notes from a critique partner which helped the revision. In particular, it led me to research more about pinball machines. (This figures into the book).
Another email was a discussion with another friend on worked and didn’t work for a novel in verse book we just both read. It made me think through my character.
I need to have dark chocolate around. This is important.
This revision also led me to researching blue butterflies as I wanted to compare the color of a house to a blue butterfly.
I am currently reading, Donalyn Miller’s Reading in the Wild. As I wrote and revised, I reflected on how Miller observed her daughter’s reading habits. As she stated in her book that at first glance, it may look like her daughter’s not focused but actually everything she’s engaged with is connected to her reading and writing. That’s like me. I may look like I am unfocused but in reality it’s all connected.
I finished late in the afternoon and was pleased with what I accomplished.
Revision is messy work. I have to admit that I’ve been terrified to tear the beginning apart due to the domino effect. But it’s all good.