After four hours of work, I’m one tenth of the way done with draft three of Summer Rush. And guess what? I love my novel again! *muahahaha!* <— That’s my evil, gleeful laughter.
I’d been avoiding putting pen to paper for awhile, although I knew it wasn’t going to be even half as painful as I imagined. I didn’t have a game plan, so the whole project seemed overwhelming. Instead of coming up with a plan, I decided to dive in and just see what happened. So that’s exactly what I did.
The major framework for the novel is in place, so I can take it one chapter at a time, and devote all my energy into some intense writing without worrying about major plot points getting messed up.
But, in reference to number 4 in this post detailing why I hated my novel (number four being the superfluous character I didn’t want to cut out), I’ve sort of dealt with the problem. I still don’t want to cut the character, but I’m hoping that by making it clear he’s not a main player, I can still keep him.
It’s kind of pathetic, but I can’t be the only one who gets this attachment to a completely pointless character, right? He’s just a fun person who never asked to be superfluous.
Anyway, I’m trying to think positively, at least until I get to the halfway point. Then I’ll feel much better about everything, whether I’m trying to or not. I think three chapters in one day is a record for my editing skills. *pats self on back*
This time around, I’m going to remember to type up the chapter edits as I’m doing the chapters, so I’m not stuck with hours and hours of this boring work at the end, when I’d like to be celebrating.
How’re everybody’s projects coming along? Making progress? Stuck in a novel-hating funk?
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