With Fresh Eyes

None of you could possibly be as shocked as I am that I’m actually on schedule for the revisions on Possession. I mean that in all seriousness. I know at least a couple of you think that I’ll achieve just about any goal I set myself. I’m always a little less sure than that. This time, I was a lot less certain, partly because it was a very ambitious deadline.

You see, I’m not just incorporating feedback I received. I’m going through the manuscript with a fine tooth comb. I’m evaluating everything all over again. Why not? After a year away from it, my eyes are just about as fresh on this one as they’re likely to get. I also know that I’ve grown a fair bit as a writer since I last looked at this story.

Knowing these things, perhaps you can see why I was a bit trepidatious about the task I set myself, not to mention the mere week and a half I gave myself to do it? And, of course, during all this I still have my day job, my friends and a couple of other commitments. Thankfully, the other stories I have deadlines on aren’t due until about ten days after the one for Possession.

Still, I have some moments when I sort of feel like I’m in deadline hell. Then I remember it could be much worse. I could have less time, or be starting from scratch over the same period. I’ve been there, only that time it was the only deadline I  had going on. Hmm, maybe this is worse.

Either way, I am making steady progress. I’m right on schedule, as I said, and heading into the weekend. I have the opportunity to get ahead even, since the plan calls for the same amount of revising every day, regardless of what part of the week it is. I’m fairly sure I can get more than two chapters revised when I have all day to do it. I’d actually sort of assumed I would need the weekend to catch up on the goal. 🙂

I’m slowly rolling around a few ideas for how to fix the other short story I have on a deadline. I’m reading through it and making notes, and so far, I think I may just finish the read through, then totally rewrite it from the ground up. Not sure yet, but that feels like the right answer. We’ll see. If I get enough ahead on revisions by the end of Saturday, I may do that on Sunday. I’ll play that one by ear.

Behind all of this, I can hear Reah and Viz whispering to me. The siren song of their story is on a steady crescendo. I can’t wait to start outlining their next story. I suspect I’ll begin that the moment these deadlines are behind me, maybe even sooner if I get too desperate. But Possession first. I have to focus on that. Could someone please explain this to Viz? He cheats when he wants something, and I’m not good at resisting that. 😉


About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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