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The Soul of a Writer

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? My family went to see “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. It was well done. My hats off to Johnny Depp. The man does an excellent job at playing quirky, twisted characters.

Let’s see how I did last week…

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

I’ll be taking it easier on myself this week as I start prepping for the UTOPiA convention.

*Work on Demonic Descent chapter rewrite: Chapters 4 – 7 Didn’t touch.

*Start rough draft for Rebel: the Alliance Chronicles Book 3 Didn’t start.

*Research Fighting for Second A big no here too.

So what happened? Rescue. My alphas sent me suggestions and they weren’t little ones. I realized I had work to do in order to meet MY deadline. Everything else was pushed to the side.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Rescue will be my primary focus for the next two weeks.

I know this contradicts my normal work mode, but it’s the only thing I know how to do at this point. I’m grateful for my alphas pointing out what needs to be fixed. Now it’s up to me to do the work. I do not plan on writing during the week I’m in Nashville. If I want this ready for the editor by month’s end, I need to strap myself in the chair and work—solo focus.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [from Rescue]

Fear shivers down my spine. Oh no! The vaccine! My creativity! Is it possible I’ve lost it? For years, I’ve sketched in seclusion, hiding my talent from the world. Mom and Dad discouraged sharing my gift with others. They said it was safer if no one knew.

But no one sees the world the way I do—pictures, colors, shapes, beauty where it no longer exists. I see possibilities while others only find hopelessness.

One of the things I needed to fix with Rescue centered around Tru’s creativity. There wasn’t enough mention of how the vaccine impacts her. How would she react if she thought she lost it? My favorite line out of that passage is “I see possibilities while others only find hopelessness.” That sums up Tru perfectly.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Self-doubt was strong. I like to think I’m accepting of criticism. I listen and process. Unfortunately, my processing tends to include a large dose of self-flagellation. It took my husband reminding me that what I was doing wasn’t healthy or conducive to productivity. Bottom line? I had to stop for the sake of all future writing.

No ifs. No buts. No time to argue an elusive point. Stop cold turkey. Place my butt in a chair and write. Fix whatever is wrong and get on with life.

Smart man. I think I’ll keep him.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: When I first drafted Regress it was this little story that grew. It became bigger than one book. Rescue has seen the same route. Fortunately my alphas helped me to see that I was trying to put too much in one book. I’ve cut the manuscript down. The series has a better direction now. Rebel will complete Tru and Zared’s story. Restore will contain Asher and Ko’s story. There will be a solo novella—a prequel for the series. A much better ‘map’ than originally intended.

That’s it for this week!

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