I’m contemplating a regular (semi-regular?) Sunday journal post, in which I muse briefly on recent creative endeavours and/or achievements. If it gets too boring, I’ll stop, but let’s see how we go…
This past week I finished reading through the messy first draft of the novel I’ve been working on for the past, er, while. Some of it I liked; in fact, some of it is in much better shape than I expected. But not all of it. There’s a lot to do. A lot I want to do and a lot I need to do.
Now I’m reading back over my writing journals for this period to dig out any nuggets of gold therein. Already it’s illuminating. I had forgotten the false starts and misdirections in the early stages of this novel. It’s funny to relive my thought processes as I came up with ideas, discarded them, deployed them… and in some cases forgot about them. The journey of writing a novel is an interesting one.
This week my mission will be to get some rhythm going. Revising and editing is a different process from writing the first draft, not to mention the fact I took January and February off from this project. It’s disheartening how quickly habits can disintegrate.
So I’m going to start by setting time goals, and carving out that time. Some of it (most of it?) will undoubtedly be cafe time. I’m still adjusting to working from home, so until I hit my stride I think it’ll be more effective to partition my different activities into different environments.
Go with me, here! Yeah, OK, it’s also very pleasant getting out of the house, away from the work, to sit in a cafe and be creative. Since the ability to do this is one of the reasons for my change in career, I’m going to make the most of it!
My aim is to finish reading through the journals this week and come up with a plan for any structural changes I need to make. It’s very exciting!
And that’s where I’m at. Wish me luck for a productive week!