Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Day By Day : One Word At A Time
I took a long nap today to try and get a few extra zzz's, but I dreamed all kinds of crazy stuff, so when I woke up, I didn't really feel all that rested. The goal tonight is to make it to bed before 1a.m. I'll be thrilled if I can hit it somewhere around the 12:30 mark.
Anyway, I finished the novella I started before conference. It's roughly 16k. I printed it earlier today, and have been reading through it, making notes, etc. I can see right away it needs more dialogue, and more internal conflict. I like the characters, though, and while the scenario is simple, it makes for a good romantic setup without being cliche.
I started to add some historical detail to it, and ended up not going that route. I'd have to do way more research than I have time for. Some of the costuming, etc, I wrote into the draft wasn't very accurate, so I cut it out and reworked those scenes. At any rate, this story is probably gonna expand once I start revising. As long as it stays below the 25k mark, I'll be okay with it.
I have a lot of work on my plate this year. I want to wrap up all my outlying series books, and I still need to get my requested chapters out of the way. I'm still nitpicking over them, but I'm trying to be patient with myself, and with how I write. I always want to push my chapters and proposals out the door quickly, but I'm not doing that this time. I would rather tweak them a little longer than I'd hoped and send them off feeling more confident about it, than rush them out the door and wish I could change something, or worry that the material is not as good as I could've made it. So, until then, I'll keep plugging away.
Tomorrow I'm taking a drive to visit a friend in the hospital. Hubby and I have been worried about her. She just lost a kidney to stage 2 renal cell carcinoma. So, I'm taking her some flowers, and gonna pop in her hospital room to see how she's doing. I haven't seen her in a while, but she was one of the gals I was closest to in high school. To give it some perspective, she baby sat for my Oldest bratling a time or two, and changed a few of his diapers. Oldest will be 21 in August. So me and gal pal have known each other a long time.
So there you have it...everything I've been up to, plus the grand plan for tomorrow. I probably won't get any writing/revising done until late tomorrow evening, but I'm okay with that. One day/one word at a time.