Lately it’s about staying afloat. I used to think summer was the best time of the year, but as a writer, I have found it to be a bit of a nuisance. The kids are constantly needing something or wanting to go some place and to keep everyone from dying of boredom we try. Last week was spent a the cottage, perfect week to go by the way it was too hot to stay in the city. We have my husband’s relatives over from Chile and next week my cousin and his little family will arrive, this will in no doubt keep us all very busy. We will make those trips to the tourist destinations they most want to see, such as Niagara Falls, (the Canadian side is beautiful BTW!) the CN Tower that kind of stuff. So needless to say there is a lot of entertaining to be done and lots of driving around as well—I am not a fan of driving.
Now what about the writing? Well I am big on routine therefore I have worked out a system for the summer, but unfortunately this involves waking up earlier than I would like. The one thing I was looking forward to while the kids are off for the summer was sleeping in, even if writing wasn’t one of my passions it still wouldn’t have panned out. My children never, ever sleep in. So I’m trying. Having a critique group to submit to keeps me motivated and I am enjoying that part of the process. But as long as the story is moving along works fine for me, right now my word count on WIP is 30k, this of course is not all in order since I have a tendency to write in parts. Now it’s just a matter of connecting the parts I have already written with new material, this is thankfully not as difficult as some might think. The reason I write in parts is to get down whatever pops into my head as soon as possible so I don’t forget it, most of the time that one little idea turns into a few chapters and voila before I know it I have a good deal of the story. Well folks I am off to connect the pieces!
How is your summer coming along?
First off I hope everyone is having a great summer, it’s been pretty busy for me so far and it will only get worse as the summer progresses. I have been writing, critiquing, doing some revising of my WIP, driving my kids around to pools, parks and soccer fields and I am tired as a dog. Today it all caught up with me. I decided to lie down for a few minutes and ended up waking up three hours later, I haven’t taken a nap in eight years since my my first son was born. What sucks is that I still feel tired, but I have soldier on I suppose.
Because I have been critiquing, which by the way is a great way to keep me writing. Knowing I have to produce every few days or so helps me to sit at the computer and work. So staying on that topic I a sort of have a confession to make. I wrote a while back about how terrifying it was for me to send out my work to be critiqued. As a writer I doubt myself constantly and have gotten into, what I think, is the bad habit of editing as I go. This new part of my writing process has me spending way too much time on my chapters and not enough time actually getting the story out. I wrote about that too. I am trying to get back to writing it all out and revise/edit later—preferably when I type The End. Anyway back to critiquing, I use hate it. The whole process would drive me crazy, I would open up my email and I would get nervous at the thought of someone’s feedback popping up in my in-box. Well I’ve had a change of heart, I realized how beneficial having critique partners is a vital part of the writing process, I have always known that. Until recently I had never had anybody read my work, it was intimidating to say the least. I have connected with some great girls who give me very honest and constructive feedback that I find has helped me better my writing in a way I have never thought I could. More so because in the beginning I just didn’t get it. You know things like showing and not telling, what is that, how do you do that were frequent questions. Getting my WIP critiqued has helped me to understand the show part better, I now get what readers might want and therefore I look forward to sending out my pages, I even look forward to getting them back with the feedback. To those who don’t have critique aprtners, get one it is one of the most important parts of writing.
Do you have critique partners? Do look forward to the feedback? Or do you still get nervous when you send your WIP to get critiqued?