He Writes, She Writes, Rewrites

Hi there, it's been a while. I've been meaning to write here, but keep getting sidetracked. Don't worry, it's mostly been good stuff. August is a bit of a fresh start for the year for me. Since my wife is a teacher and her district starts school very early in the month, back to school has a different meaning in our house. It is amusing to see all these sales going on and warnings about the first day of school when she has already been in class for a few weeks. 

I usually go along with her to the office stores to see what's on sale, help her pick out a few supplies and see if there is anything I could use for the home office and house. This year my great find was some long clear zipper pouches that are just the right size for organizing USB cables, chargers, pens, and pencils and help me make some sense out the chaos that drawers for technology and stationery can easily descend into. 

But what about the writing? 

It's been happening. Maybe a bit more slowly than I would like, but it has been happening. And at this point, it's all about the rewrites, massive painful, and exciting rewrites.

Hasn't this novel been tinkered with enough? Can't I just polish what is there and make it tighter, fix any plot holes, correct the typos and put this baby to bed?

Well, yeah I could. But I think this is going to be so much better if I rewrite it. 

It was hard to come to this decision, I really, really didn't want to chuck out so much hard work, I thought that things were going in the right direction and I could shift gears. However, I've simply learned too much this year to let myself be satisfied with how the work was turning out. I've learned too much about myself, about the structure of story itself, about the regrets of other writers, and about what I want from my life as a creative person and a business person. 

I am not throwing out all the old ideas, but I have decided that revising what is already there would be both slower and less productive than rewriting the book, scene by scene, as I add in some very new elements, and weave it all back together, the whole while trying to embrace some fundamental ideas about plot, structure, and style. 

I think it will be worth it, and I'm not sure where that puts me for my intended release of early 2019, but I'm so excited how the scenes are turning out now. It's been a long journey through the years to this point of saying out loud that I want to be a writer and admitting that to myself and my family, but I think a little bit longer is still the right answer, even if is a painful one. 

Happy Writing!

Here I go again...with a little help from my friends?

Writing, music, cooking and just being creative; whether it's making a story or crafting an omelette, creativity  has been important to me for a long time. I imagine it is to most people, but some of us pursue it a bit harder, sometimes to the point of obsession. Thankfully I've always had company in talking about my interests, but not always in their pursuit. 

That's why I am happy to say that starting in June I will be embarking on a blog challenge with Amanda McCormick at the helm (Thanks to you and everyone over at our little slice of weird on discord) and a mix of people of all ages and levels that have one thing in common: the compulsion to write. 

And we have explored that compulsion largely alone. As connected as the world is, writing can still be a very solitary thing. Will people like my work? Am I wasting my time on this when there are so many other important things to do? Am I getting better, worse? And couple the doubt with procrastination and you get blank pages, and broken promises.

So I'm glad to get started (again) I'm not sure where the journey will end up this time, but I'm sure I will learn something along the way.