with my first deadline two weeks from yesterday, I thought it would be a good time to share an update on my work.
drafting part ii
I finished drafting part two of my book on Sunday. there are three parts right now, so i’m two-thirds finished with a full rough draft. ideally, i’d have kept drafting, but the way the deadlines are structured, I had to stop to revise.
i’m letting my work on part two sit for a few nights before I get to revising it for the feb. 19 deadline. In the meantime…
revising part i
…i’ve gone back to part one to do some revisions. this section was originally in third-person pov and told from more than one character’s perspective. it also still has long chapters, and in some of them, my protagonist is seven years too young.
while I have until the end of my semester (may 14) to complete revisions on part one, i’m starting them now while I let the newly drafted sections simmer.
i’m really enjoying what i’m reading but i’ve fallen behind in it. I had hoped to finish my first novel of the semester this past weekend but it just wasn’t in the cards. I may have to start staying up a bit later. after this novel, i’ll read my required craft book…and then it’s all novels for the rest of the term.
in heavy drafting mode, most of my research is relegated to quick internet searches. when I spoke with my mentor on Saturday, he confirmed for me that it’s not crucial that my work be entirely accurate at this point. that’s a relief. but sometimes I can’t move on if I haven’t looked something up.
or gone to a talk. I went to one on Sunday called “the not-so-good life of the colonial goodwife.” it was enjoyable, but more important, relevant to my thesis.
now’s not the time to get tired
i’ve been putting in 20 to 30 hours each week with my thesis. add to that a 40-hour work week, and i’m starting to feel it. but this semester is a marathon, not a sprint, so I need to tap into my abilities to dig deep (thank you, years of martial arts training) and push on until may 14.
I also need to curb my social life. I saw friends twice in the last two weeks and while it was a lot of fun and nice to unwind, I can maybe afford to do so twice a month, not once a week. my friends will understand. I need to buckle down even more because while I feel like i’m in a really great place with my novel, the fact that i’m falling behind on my reading speaks volumes.
last night around 9:30 p.m., I hit a wall. it’d been a long time since that happened, since I could not read more or write more. so I stopped for the night. next time that happens, i’ll pick up a pet project for a little while and see if that can’t re-energize me.
this is what it takes to make dreams come true, and i’m on board. I might have to start drinking coffee though.