Re-evaluation is essential.
See, I have this horrible habit of beginning projects and not completing them. I come up with a new idea and the piece I had been working on gets tossed into the to-be-continued pile, many times, never to be seen again. At first, my goal was just to finish something, anything. Didn’t matter if it was good or bad. I just needed to finish.
But something happened during this row 80 round…I started to care about the finished product. As my ‘short story’ morphed into a novella because of the amount of time and energy I’ve been focusing on it lately, I realized that it DOES matter whether or not its good. I began to think about other people actually reading it and criticizing the piece.
Now I have started to regroup and redirect my focus a bit. I’m half way through Kait Nolan‘s From Pantser to Plotter compiled blog series. I am a pantser and hit a brick wall- HARD. I see now that I need to incorporate some advanced work on the piece that I’m currently writing so my writing will be a lot more focused and my story line will be tighter.
I had to go back to the basics, my comfort zone- ye olde trusty pen and paper. I pulled out my pen and paper and begin to write write as opposed to type write to get my thoughts out. I wrote out what I would like to happen in each month of the year that this story takes place. I also wrote out some background on characters that I hadn’t previously focused on.
Overall, this week could have been better but I was able to add over 1600 words to my WIP, get in some research, and actually read a few pages of two novels. I was a little under the weather so no exercising at all.