The revising phase has been slow-going for me, but every time I get through a section or a draft, my manuscript becomes more book-shaped. This week my goal was to work on pages 1-25 - the dreaded beginning.
I spent a long time - months, actually - revising the first 30 pages of my book. My critique group was probably ready to kick me out on the streets if I showed up with another new beginning, the poor dears. Revisiting the beginning was more satisfying than I thought it would be. I still like it - though I know it needs more work.
Luckily, the muses love caffeine. While I rifled through my pages in a favorite coffee shop in Union Square, an idea sprung in my head. This idea would fix a problem my critique group kindly pointed out in our last session. Then, as I ordered another green tea lemonade, the idea grew into another idea. And on my way to the restroom, the perfect solution popped into my head.
Now that I'm on draft three, it's like I have a pretty nice looking puzzle, but important pieces are missing. Those are the pieces that will connect things together, or clear up the image painted on top of it. My writing excursion this week found a few of those pieces, and I couldn't be more delighted.
My only other writing accomplishment this week was editing my niece's college admissions essay. Remember those days?!