Friday, January 06, 2017
Feeling My Way Back
Unfortunately, I didn't get much writing done, or even think about my project much, which leaves me a bit lost now that I'm home and wanting to work on it again. I feel lost, a sensation I'm hoping will dissipate along with my jet lag. Falling asleep at six in the evening and waking up at one in the morning does not bode well.
On my trip, I started reading On Writing by Stephen King. He says a lot of things that I've heard before, but I'm finding a lot of his advice helpful and encouraging. It really got me excited to get started again, but the fog I'm encountering is a little discouraging. Also, I am super tired, which probably doesn't help.
My plan is to push through the rest of my rough draft, even if it's super rough. I want to get it and maybe a second, complete draft, if not final, done before 2018. I know I probably won't stick with this, but I need to stop leaning on what other people think, put in the work and get it done. King's advice on the first draft is to write it with the door shut on the rest of the world. The second draft is when you let at least a few other people in. I need to take that advice.
I need to focus on this draft and what I want it to do. Obviously, I need to work on the technical parts, word choice, style choices, repetition, general stylometry. But none of that matters if the meat of the story isn't what it should be. If I can make this story stronger, I should. And I think I can do that by focusing on vision rather than the expectations of others.
So, I'll give that a try and see how it goes.