Getting ready to… write? edit? get read?

18 Oct

In fiction, a major update is long overdue: the post-apocalyptic novel has been complete since the end of May. I’ve sent chapters to a couple of agents after the PNWA conference in July, but I haven’t heard back from them. Since then, I’ve been langourously editing while remembering how to create new fiction. I know I have more editing to do – a lot more editing, I’m afraid – but nothing was really sparking it together for me until the point-of-view (POV) writer’s workshop at Foolscap Convention (www.foolscapcon.org.) After a full day of remembering and realizing Important Things, Will Shetterly and Emma Bull put it over the top – and I realized: the first chapter is in the POV of the wrong character. I need to rewrite that chapter, then I’m hoping it will all come together more … motivatingly.

At the same time, I’m looking forward to the energy of NaNoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org). I have two stories ripening, but perhaps I’ll save those as rewarding treats – and get this rewrite done. I’m not sure what the right path is – but I do know I need to get back in the habit – and the brainspace – and the time & creative energy – of daily writerly work-outside-of-work.

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