Hello January! We’re getting a blast of cold air here after a week of 70 degree temps. Georgia=all 4 season in one day.
Author Kimberly Brock had an Instagram post about starting a new book. Drafting, she called it. I really liked how she described the process of creating a new story. It got me thinking on the drafting process.
Normally my favorite part.
But I’m working on a story now that was supposed to be done a couple of weeks ago. And it’s not. 3 chapters left to write, but I had an epiphany about 3/4 through the story that will have me going back to edit a bit of the first chapters. I was trying to finish in December which I should have known better. The holidays are always filled with surprises and reschedulings, and unexpected twists and turns. All good, all fun, but the writing time was pushed to the side for 2 to 3 weeks. I thought about it a lot.
Felt like I should have figured out how to write while I’m tired, or write when I only have maybe a 30 minute window. Looking back now, I see that was a weight on my mind. Reading Kim’s post about creating and how magical it can be, and how everything spills onto the pages, well, it fired me up. It reminded me I do love all those aspects of the first draft. Of seeing the characters come alive.
Watching them grow.
It’s where everything comes together to create the big picture the readers are waiting to read.
Ah! (And for all my puzzle lovers, I have a special puzzle waiting for when I finish the book—and turn it in.)
Isn’t it beautiful? (Just like Georgia!)
And this puzzle mirrors the drafting process–the seasons roll into each other, each unique, yet beautiful, just as our stories are unique, yet have scenes that pick up where the last left off.
So, instead of telling myself I’m starting off 2022 behind, I’m simply saying the joy of 2021 has rolled into 22 for me.
Anyone else leave something unfinished? If, so, don’t feel bad about it. Embrace whatever it is in 22 and go with it! And, hey, if you didn’t leave anything unfinished–love that! I know that a lot of people don’t do resolutions, but is there anything you’re looking forward to? Tell me your Beautiful 22 stories!
One commenter will be chosen at random for a $5 Amazon gift card to start 22 off with a new book!