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Writing Check In- July

2 Jul

One of my goals for this year was to write more. My husband had the suggestion of making a monthly feature to talk about my writing and how it’s going. It helps keep me honest(ish) and lets you all know when my masterpiece will be released to the world!

This month has been hit and miss. I’ve done a lot of thinking about my plot and I have a great idea of what needs to be added and how the whole thing flows. I added a bit more structure to it, took out some scenes that didn’t do anything, and added some that really pushed my characters. I also defined my female character so she’s not as weak and has a more compelling plotline and decisions. It’s all good stuff.

But, I haven’t had as much butt-in-chair writing time. I’m ramping up to my Half Ironman at the end of July and training time has been the priority. It will be for one more month. After 70.3 goal is publication goal so this will start to take the driver’s seat. I’ll probably try to write two or three times a week instead of one. It will replace the stupid-long mid-week rides that I hate. It’s all good, still.

I’m a little nervous about my willingness to ‘kill my darlings’ as it’s called. I’ve worked on this book for years and cutting scenes that I’ve spent that time perfecting just because they don’t move a character forward as well as another scene might be hard. I have to keep telling myself they’re saved in another draft and I can come back to them later. What’s important now is getting it ready to publish.

I’ve never felt so close to being ready to share the story outside my immediate friends and family. I’ve started saying that I write and I’m not afraid to tell people about it and try to get them interested. I hope I’m helping drum up some interest with you all. I’ve wanted to tell this story for a long time. The next problem is writing another story.

Until next time, write on.

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