I read Wendy’s post “Manuscript–ngh. Time to Face the Music” tonight, right before I started this post. It was a great post. And she will get it done.
I am pushing forward, still working towards the Friday deadline. I’m not making it easy on myself. I’ve changed three character’s names. I am playing with the plot, and timing. I’ve taken one character out completely. And I’m changing the motivations of a couple of others. But I am going to forge ahead and try to make the deadline for a couple of reasons.
First, my life is on a school schedule. Next week I start teaching again (I teach a class a semester at Emerson), and I have to write my syllabus this weekend. I run a service organization for the theater community, and the fall theater season starts next week. StageSource has a couple of big events in late September/early October, and I am trying to close a budget gap. All this to say, this week is as free as it is going to get for a while. So I keep moving forward.
Second, as hard as this is, I am having a good time. I am making changes that are making my book better. I am enjoying tweaking my characters, and spending time with them. I am cleaning things up that bothered me. I am clarifying setting, and making it more of a character. And I am tightening it all up. The entire book takes place over four days. Or it will, hopefully.
Third, one important lesson I have learned this month is the value of consistent writing time. I should know that already, but writing (and exercise) are the first things that go when my life is crazy. But spending time every day working on this novel has been a great experience. I don’t lose
This week I am setting up a new planner for the school year. And I am determined to schedule regular writing time. But life gets in the way. I know that well. So I am going to do my best to finish this draft by September 1.
J.A. Hennrikus is the Executive Director of StageSource. She is a mystery writer who has her story “Her Wish” published in DEAD CALM, an anthology by Level Best Books. She is a huge social media fan, and tweets under @JulieHennrikus. She wrestles with allusions of athleticism, is an avid theater goer and a member of Red Sox nation. Her website is jahennrikus.com
And I am thankful that August has 31 days.