After editing my WIP this week, I'm back on the path and out of the mud. The problem with my last two chapters was the timeline. A series of events had to happen, and the timing made a difference. In my first draft, time stood still. If my story were sci-fi or fantasy, that might work, but it's not.
I love the feeling of having written and edited the first twenty thousand words before moving on. I feel like I'm standing on solid ground and feel confident this novel will be successful. Writing the rest of it should be relatively easy...in theory.
I got a lot of suggestions earlier this week to just let the story flow in whatever direction it wanted and to edit later. That's generally good advice, but this story requires precision. Everything that happens is intertwined with the rest of the story; every detail is interdependent like the pieces of a multi-dimensional puzzle. Not all stories are like that, but this one is.
I have an abundance of time this weekend to continue working on my WIP, and I'm meeting with two beta readers next week to review the critiques of my previous novel. I'm feeling very optimistic, despite the promise of another gloomy, rainy weekend.