Welcome to another post in the Realistic Writer Confessions series. This past month I shared some special posts about certain aspects of my writing life. If you missed them be sure to check them out:
This week has been better than previous weeks, but I feel like I’m pulling myself out of a rut.
Confessions of a Realistic Writer
Summary of My Week
I worked on my novel most days, but don’t feel like I got much done. In part, that is because I’ve been doing a bit of research and I’m learning tons of information, but I don’t always know what is going to be applicable to my novel. There were a few days I did not write. This week has been a week of getting back into my routine after spending a month working on other writing projects. Even though my current YA Romance is my favorite one to work on, it’s the one I’ve put the least amount of time into. I’ve started to change that this week, but I have a long way to go.
I tried to start revision for chapter 3 and just felt super discouraged. The chapter needs a lot of work, and I’m not entirely sure how to fix it. Part of me wants to scrap the chapter and re-write the whole thing. It’s really long and it has way to much detail, but I am struggling to know what detail to keep and what to leave out. I’m having a hard time saying what I want to say in the right way. And that’s really discouraging me.
I started working on my YA Romance novel again. It’d been over a month, so even the fact that I’m back into it is absolutely a highlight. I didn’t write or revise much because it was overwhelming me, but I was able to do a bit of research for it. And although I probably won’t use half of the research I am doing, I’m really enjoying the research.
I also worked really hard on a little side project that I’m super excited about and will probably be announcing shortly. So although it wasn’t my YA Romance, it was still something that I accomplished and am proud of.
Thoughts and Goals
This week, I’ve been listening to my favorite podcast about writing, Write Now. Seriously amazing stuff. I’ve been inspired by a lot of the episodes to remember that my writing journey is unique. Every writer’s path to success is different. We don’t have to be future Stephen Kings. We don’t have to write every day. We don’t have to have stunning offices with huge windows. We don’t even have to want any of those things. Be the writer you want to be.
My goal for next week is to work on chapter 3. Even if I just do a paragraph a day and spend the rest of my 15 minutes doing my research. I’ve been starting with research and putting aside revision. So this week, I’m going to revise a little bit each day before I get to play with all the library books I checked out for research.
Until next time,