I love to ride motorcycles. I had my own, but had to stop riding because of the arthritis in my hands and knees. I like to keep the bike upright when I’m stopping.
Now I ride with my husband, 2-up. It’s a lot of fun, just not as exhilarating as riding by myself, except when he takes the curves faster than I would have. 8-)
When we’re riding, I first spend time in prayer—talking to God about things going on in my life. Then I settle into my story. At times I get in to it so deep, that I can put the characters in a scene and let them act it out—as if I was watching a movie. It’s exciting to “see” and helpful to watch my characters come to life and take control of the scene.
When my husband and I stop for coffee, I write everything down. Many scenes have changed after a bike ride. I’ve even added a new character after our last ride to Payson.
Since I’m a new writer, I also know the importance of reading books about the craft of writing. The first one I plan to read is How to Write Dazzling Dialogue by James Scott Bell. I also want to read Bell’s Write Great Fiction-Revision & Self Editing. Finally, I hope I have time to read Blogging for Writers: How Authors & Writers Build Successful Blogs by Robin Houghton.
Editing! I’ve been struggling the past few months with my writing. I have three manuscripts I am currently working on. I’m writing the rough draft on and the other I’m editing. Still!
How do I stop taking laps and just finish it? I enjoy creating new worlds, characters, and plots. However, I do not like editing. I know I have to finish the editing before I move on to my next project. Right? Or...is there another way? Can I do both?
Hmm. After thinking about it, I decide I will edit my current story one and a half hours in the morning. Then I’ll work on one of my new stories an hour. After lunch, I’ll edit for an hour and a half, then write new material for an hour. Let’s see, that’s five hours a day. Then add in breakfast, lunch, some research or studying, and fix dinner. That’s a full day.
If I follow my plan five days a week, I could have the entire book edited by the end of March 2015!
I think I like this plan, even though I’m editing most of my day, I get a chance to do what I really enjoy. Why haven’t I thought of this sooner?
Now, comes the hard part, sticking to it!
Do you like editing? If you’re like me and you don’t, how do you get beyond it?
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