Was disappointed I did not post yesterday, but It was for good reason. I only have limited time after work, and these days I need to prioritize. I spent the evening working on editing. I’m spending November focused on getting a major edit done on my longest piece to date. years. Many nights I am able to give time to both, but last night the focus was on editing.
I tend tone secretive about its content, even within my close friends and family. Its a story that I have been working on for many. I have kept very quiet on the piece. There is something incredibly intimate about it, and I’m not ready to share it with the world. I love talking about my progress though. In August I finally finished the first continual draft of the story, something I have been trying to so for years. The most important thing about the first draft is keep moving. You do not stop for anything. You throw caution to the wind and write.
The hardest thing for me is getting the story down quick enough. Often I get ideas at the most inconvenient moments. Sometimes my minds moves faster than I can transcribe, which causes issues all their own. I know what the story is, it just doesn’t always make itself immediately apparent on paper
I’m about a third of the way through, and so far it had been fun. There have been moments where I have had to push myself to continue. Within the last few chapters I have found my stride.
My biggest challenge is creating characters and situations. They are at my mercy, but often I am unsure what to do with them. I want to create strong character and believable situations. I want the kind of story that captivates my readers. Right now I have to flush more of the work out, so it can better match the beautiful story in my head.
Writing takes time and patience. I don’t where my story will end up. I don’t know how successful it will be if I decide to publish it. What I do know is that I love to write, and I look forward to crafting stories each night. I have a hunger to tell stories.