If only today were the day for Insecure Writers....
Since it isn't, I will express my optimism for my plan for the month of October - to edit a chapter a day of One Small Betrayal. By that I mean edit again. I've already done multiple edits through Chapter 26. And, yes, I'm starting over again, editing again, hopefully for the last time, maybe the second to the last time.
But this time I feel like I'm looking at the story with a fresh perspective. I can see what I need to add. I can see my weaknesses and feel like I know how to fix them. I just wonder if I will see even more problems six months from now. I wonder if it will ever be done...but that's a post for tomorrow.
My plan for October is to edit a chapter a day. In theory, I can execute this in an hour. But it actually took me about three hours yesterday to edit chapter one to the point that I was brave enough to send it to two of my relatives, whom I expect will be honest in their feedback, possibly brutally honest.
Today, I planned to tackle Chapter 2, but one of my kids is sick and needed to be taken to the doctor. Then I had to go to the pharmacy. Now it's after 10 AM. I need a shower. And I only have about an hour until I go to get my small one from preschool.
As I waited at the drive-thru window for the local pharmacy, it occurred to me that if I accomplish even half my daily goal, I will be able to edit or write 180 chapters in a year. That's a goal worth working for in my opinion. And I'm not going to start tomorrow. I started yesterday. And I'm not giving up today. And not tomorrow.
What I am adding to my daily writing ritual is this - I also need to make the time to exercise 20 minutes a day. Every day. Starting today and not tomorrow. Now. Well, not now because I need to write now. But before I go to bed, even if I feel like crap. Even if one of my kids are puking. Even if I save my writing until bedtime. Maybe in a year, the exercise will add up to 20 pounds.
I need a sign for my desk so I don't forget.