This week has been hectic and busy. There was a lot of driving, some loss of sleep, and a lot more time spent doing other things and having to deal with other responsibilities.
I finally got to do some writing tonight. I also finally got a different chair with proper back support. So being able to have and do both has been very relaxing and comforting.
I reached my goal for this week and exceeded it by writing more than the minimum requirement I had set. It’s good because I finished a part of the story I’d been reluctant to get back to. It did need to be completed though, and now that it is, I can continue writing in a semi-linear format. I say that because every now and then I get these bursts of ideas of what I can write later on and have to write it out immediately. It leaves me with some parts that I’ve written and have to complete the rest of the scene and chapter around these small excerpts. They end up working in quite well, but it’s definitely not written start to finish.
I have talked to a couple close friends about helping me with editing. I know that I can do a good job of editing the story myself, but there are always things that I will miss because it is, after all, my story. I have one friend in which I’ve asked to help ensure that character development/actions, narrative flow, and plot aren’t missing anything. He’s always very good at thinking up different ways of approaching situations, so I want to make sure that the decisions the characters make and the story aren’t missing some huge issues that could make the whole thing fall apart. I always try to do my best to make sure that doesn’t happen, but as always, it helps to have someone else give their input. I have two other friends that will help out too. One will look at all aspects for editing: grammar, narrative flow, characters, plot, etc. The other will look primarily at grammar since he’s incredible at it. I still haven’t asked him to do this, but I’m going to wait until I’m at that point. The rough draft will be going through three people before it makes it to this last person, and it’s not even completed yet, so there’s lots of time.
Anyway, the writing went well tonight. I’m happy with how much I wrote.
The only problem I’m finding is my hands are aching faster than usual. I’m wondering if I need to adjust the chair to better suit it, or if it’s just a matter of doing bursts of writing for shorter periods (although I can’t see the latter being a realistic possibility since once I start a part of the story, I like to complete it).
I have been thinking that I should increase my goals. My only problem is that I know there will be weeks where I will only reach the minimum and have difficulty exceeding it. So I’m not sure I will. I’d like to. We’ll see how the next few weeks go.
As always, I had a wonderful writing buddy nearby as I typed away…