Happy Monday, y’all! It’s only like two-ish weeks until Christmas and I’m super ready yet not ready at all???? Yay?????
Tonight was SUCH an awesome night, y’all. Lucas is currently studying for one of his final exams in his first semester of med school, which means I have an entire night of silence to just focus on writing! Thankfully, the puppy was tired and the chores were done yesterday, which means for six hours tonight, I was able to just focus on my story. I haven’t been able to do that is so long and it felt REALLY good.
It also felt a bit awkward. Because I haven’t spent that amount of uninterrupted time with Bridie and Dyanna in a WHILE, I kind of felt like I was being reintroduced to them. I had a super solid picture of what tone I wanted the story to take when I pumped out their first two chapters several weeks ago, but I lost that in the hustle and bustle that was Thanksgiving and my birthday. Tonight I was able to recapture a bit of that again, in addition to going back and revising some parts that weren’t working for me then and definitely weren’t working for me now.
I knew I wanted to add more to Dyanna’s first chapter (the second chapter in the book), but I didn’t know what that looked like. Tonight, I was able to move some scenes around and add an interaction that I really wanted to include and now I’m fairly happy with that chapter!
Tonight, I was also able to work on writing the third chapter. For a bit of background, this is my fifth draft of this story. I’ve scrapped close to 100k words over all those drafts and while I have those versions saved and pick lines from here and there, it’s largely a new writing project. I’ve been in revision/edit/query mode for the better part of a year, so stretching my writing muscles felt good! It also felt the exact same way it does when you try to run on a treadmill after not running for two weeks. I had to start slow and think about my words (and also convince myself several times that I shouldn’t just give up because #selfdoubt) and eventually, I got into a rhythm. I also got very tired and had to call it quits after the first scene in the chapter, which ended up being about three and a half pages. I know this beginning is going to need a lot of work in editing because honestly, this part of the story is kind of boring to me. While things definitely happen, the things that I think are most exciting in this story don’t happen until like eight chapters in the future.
So all in all, a pretty good writing night. I can hang my hat up and be happy with the work I put in today. I’m actively trying to focus on enjoying the story where it’s at now and treating each part like my favorite. The whole point of DecWriMo, at least for me, is to fall in love with every part of this book, continually think about the plotlines and let it grow as it needs to. I’m looking forward to writing more tomorrow night and hopeful with a little rest (and a little sugary junk-food fuel!) I can really get in the headspace of Bridie and develop her budding kinship with Dyanna more.
Thanks for reading today’s post! I hope y’all had a great start to your week and enjoy the next four days just as much!