The Latest Confession
I haven’t been doing a whole lot of writing lately; my mental powers of concentration being depleted by work and other commitments. I am serious about writing, but the reality is that it isn’t my highest priority in life. Holding onto sanity during the busy times sometimes necessitates a putting down of the discretionary, and so my keyboard has been less abused than normal.
I absolutely enjoy writing, but is it not the most relaxing activity: with the brain juggling a myriad of things as I write. Sometimes the brain needs down time too. Lately I have needed to shift gears and do something completely different. That is an earth shattering revelation if you know how habitually strong I am.
A lazy thirty minute chat with my wife can be more restorative than a three-hour session of writing. Compound that by a billion if the words aren’t flowing nicely. Yep, had those days.
Not for the first time, and certainly not for the last: editing is hard work. Hours of tedious tinkering for very little forward momentum. (My progress bar is a bit out of date, but still…). It would be easier to edit a story that wasn’t 110,000+ words long. I have a whole new respect for professional editors.
To sharpen my editing powers and to give outlet to my creativity I am writing a companion document Author’s Notes for Vengeance Will Come.
In the Author’s Notes for each scene I am writing:
- The goal of the scene, and describing how I am achieving that goal through the prose. What words, phrases and sentences particularly work toward that goal.
- The edits (or changes) I am making between alpha and beta versions. What am I changing, and why. I am expanding on themes, admitting faults and describing the process which I am using.
The other day I heard this and thought immediately I am stealing that… “Like the blessing of taking a drink from a fire hose.” What a wonderful turn of phrase.