yesterday, I finished my second draft of the final part of my novel. this process included writing over 5,000 new words, many of which were used to craft a new ending.
the ending followed the same plot, overall, as my first ending, but resolved many of the problems—including rushed pacing. usually when I draft my pacing is rushed because i’m trying to get the story down on paper.
I have a feeling that when I read through it this week, i’ll make some more changes to stay in scene longer, but I think this will be one of those sections that will benefit from my giving it the kind of time I cannot devote on deadline.
and that’s fine. thankfully, there’s no rule that says I cannot continue to improve my manuscript after this semester. of course, I want it to be as strong as possible by each deadline, but I think it’s equally important, as a writer, to cut yourself some slack sometimes.
not the kind of slack that breeds laziness or an unwillingness to work, but the kind that recognizes that a work in progress is indeed in progress.
now that i’m on the other side of the dark hole that was, as one of the Mountainview MFA faculty, Richard Carey said, the “this is $h1t phase,” it’s easier to allow myself the mental space to do that work.