My developmental editor assigned me a task, one that I have been working on for several weeks now, and one for which I have not gotten very good grades.
No pizzaz, no clear message, lousy metaphors. What is wrong with my writing? Well, for one thing, no passion. It is not a project that I am passionate about. That is one thing I have learned about myself, and I know it’s true for others too. I have to have passion about my work – or it doesn’t come out very good at all. “Blech!” my editor would say.
Which leads me to my next question. What should my next project be? Compass Point is not completely done, but it is nearing the end of the revision process. Then there will be a lag time for me, while beta readers have a go at it. That’s when I need to be outlining the next project, defining the characters, building plot lines, etc. I’ll have to jump back into Compass Point with more revision – but I’ll see it with fresh eyes. Always a good thing. Then it goes to editors and copy editors, etc. etc. More time to refine the next project ideas or begin the dreaded “first draft.”
The point is, I have to stay busy. That’s just me. Of course, yard work is coming, and summer travel, but summer means heat, and those hot afternoons are when I turn into a house mouse stationed in front of my laptop, appreciating ac.
The forecast says snow, then a week of warm temperatures. I am so excited. A little bit of yard work every day to get back into the swing of things. I don’t care to re-injure my ribs. I have been staring out my picture window, trying to decide what sorts of plants I want to plant this year. Does that count as gardening? I’m sure it must.
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