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Favorite visual artistPicture Sarah (photographer)Favorite moviesDoom / Gabriel / LabyrinthFavorite bands / musical artistsChanges on a near-daily basisFavorite gaming platformPS3Tools of the TradeWriting: iWriter on the iPad, yWriter5, MS Word, Ye olde pen and paper. Visual: Photoshop, Wacom tablet.Other InterestsRoleplaying, writing, reading, listening to music, chatting with friends.
January is almost over now, so it seems like a good time to reflect back on how the first 30 days of 2012 have gone. That, and the fact that I hit a major milestone last night.
One of the biggest problems I faced when working on Broken Wings was not knowing where I was up to. Every time I shelved the project & came back for another round I would start at the beginning again. The result was that the opening chapters have been tweaked within a mere inch of their lives, while later chapters languish in drafting hell, never to see the editor's pen. I needed to come up with a way to tell myself "no, leave this alone, work on something else".
Last year I came up with the idea of locking chapters. While it had no effect on the novel itself, it was a visual reminder that, no matter how much I wanted to, those chapters were off limits for the time being. As I progress - learning, creating, remembering more about the world in which my novel is set - I come across information that I want to change back in Chapters 1 or 2. But these chapters are locked, all I can do is make a note for myself and carry on.
Last night I "locked" chapter 14 of 28. That officially puts me halfway through. Now, I know that when I reach the other end I'm going to "unlock" chapter 1 and start the process over, but the fact that "halfway" is somewhat... misguided is not the point.
This is the first time I've been able to (and I can't emphasise this strongly enough) SEE the progress I've been making. And I can tell you this: it feels great. Knowing I can progress means knowing I can keep going. My efforts aren't futile.
Maybe in a month from now I'll be coming back and saying that I've completed my first rewrite. Maybe in two months. Either way, it's a day that's coming & a day I can track my progress towards.