Among other qualities I don’t have, the circumstances surrounding my writing this post prove that I am not a prophet. No big surprise there, but there was a moment while swimming last Friday that I had a Tym-like vision, when I saw the title of this week’s post being, “It is finished!” The “it” would be in reference to the second draft of my novel. I had such an awesome writing day on Friday that I was sure it would be done by now.
In my last post, I talked about how I’ve been sitting on the end of this draft with little interest because my zombie short fiction is “better” and more exciting. In an effort to not sit here and write commitments that I don’t follow through on, I made sure I worked on finishing this draft this past week. It was pretty slow going, and I had some editing projects to finish, but with those sent out to editors, I came to work on Friday with a clear slate to work on the novel.
That Friday showed me both the labor and the love involved in writing. The labor came in the form of re-reading the last few chapters and taking notes about technology used and what I want to accomplish in the ending. I wrote about 1400 words, then went swimming.
Swimming is my perfect exercise for brainstorming, because it is monotonous and I can’t listen to music, so it’s just me and my thoughts. I sometimes prepare questions to ask myself as I swim and then sit back and watch the answers unfold. An answer unfolded so clearly that day that I had a vision of the title of this post being “It is finished.” As you can tell, that isn’t the title, but I did go home and write 2k words in an hour before interviewing Rebecca P. Minor about her new book, The Windrider Saga. (I also shaved 5 minutes off my swim time, so you could tell how excited I was.)
Something came up this weekend that required my attention, as well as some necessary family time. One of the positives from this break was a renewed interest in studying Greek and Hebrew. Once this novel’s draft is finished, I’m going to be including an hour or two “each” morning doing longhand translation. I went a while thinking that I got just as much from the English, then saw a difficult doctrine proved by two different Greek words (among other things). I’ve also lacked a challenge and translating makes Bible reading a challenge again.
Okay, so back to me not being a prophet. I thought I still might finish the novel today with a full day dedicated to writing on the novel, but it didn’t happen. I wrote 1k words, cut 600, but have it right now where I’m just not satisfied. I may need to back up and rework some of the last pieces. I know it doesn’t have to be perfect because it is closer to a first draft than a second draft, but having a strong ending to work with in the editing stage sounds way more important than writing the first ending that comes to mind and then going back to page one to start the edit.
Hopefully I will be able to say I am finished by next week’s post, but since I’m not a prophet, I have no idea 😉
Thanks for reading. What are you trying to finish?