Like Music

I’ve been reworking chapter one and two today as I continue my exploration of the looping” write-revise process. On the one hand, I can see how this method of writing is super slow because I’ve been reworking the same material for days instead of driving the narrative forward. But on the other hand, I feel as if I’m writing a song, and you’ve gotta get the first few chords figured out before you can work on anything else because those chords are the foundation of all that follows.

During my last few sessions these initial chapters have gone from serviceable to good and that feels like progress. If I work at this pace for the whole book I think it will take forever to finish the story. But my gut tells me that I’m on the right track, so I’ll keep skipping along the path like this.

I’m thinking about printing these two chapters out. Perhaps if I start tomorrow with the printed copies, I can read them aloud, think it over, tweak them, then roll smoothly into chapters three and four.

I’ll end here, grateful for another good afternoon at the keyboard. :)

January 9, 2019 · process

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