As I’m plowing through The 90-Day Rewrite, and feeling it kick my creative bum, I’m realizing things I don’t want to realize.
1. MARKED needs a rewrite as exhausting as running a marathon. Maybe two. Rewrites, I know, are part of the process. Part of the writer’s journey. A necessity. However. I’ve been working on this beast for what now, almost two years? And to imagine that my rewrite now needs a rewrite makes me want to flush it away. Burn it on my laptop. Yell a bit. Which got me thinking about my second realization.
2. I might need to take a step back. I might need to set it aside. I might need to let it breathe. For now. Of course, for now. Of course, I’d return to it. I have to. Oliver has left me no choice. BUT. When sitting down every day to tweak this manuscript leaves me feeling nothing but frustrated, I’m beginning to wonder if a break would keep me and my characters sane.
3. A break from one means forward motion on another. To work and develop The Naming of Colton Black just might be what my writing brain is screaming for me to do. Not quite sure yet. Will listen all day today as I hang out with Oliver. BUT. I’m leaving a door open for Breslin to come steal me away. For a bit.
Or. Maybe I’ll let her and Oliver duke it out.
What about you, dear writers? Help. Please. Wisdom is what I need right now. And stories that tell me you understand. You guys rock.