For the past few weeks I just haven’t had the energy (or drive) to really do any writing. I didn’t touch my book at all last week, and even this week I’m just not too enthused to do anything with it. That goes double for blogging.
So, how do I get my writing mojo back?
I’m going to go back to my roots: Poetry!
I fell in love with poetry in high school and started writing my own poems around the 10th grade. I wrote throughout high school and college, but then stopped. I’m not really sure why, but I think it is time to get back to it.
I was so excited to see the Writing 201: Poetry class offered through Blogging U. on WordPress. I haven’t been following the prompts, due to my lack of writing lately, so I am going to be a week or more behind everyone else. But, I’ll post my poems with the prompts as I finish them.
I am also starting an online Scrivener class this week. It is a Scrivener 101 course offered by Gwen Hernandez. I’m really looking forward to getting into the crux of what Scrivener can do to help me better organize my books.
So, long story short, I’m thinking of stepping away from my book for a week, or so, and focusing on some other things: poetry, crafts, some early spring cleaning. Maybe this will help clear my mind and help me get back into editing and rewriting my book.
What I thought would be only one week of editing is now moving into its second week! I had a very busy weekend, plus throw in a migraine and much didn’t get accomplished.
I am happy to say that I have worked my way through the first two chapters in my novel, which doesn’t sound like much but they were really long chapters! Actually, all of my chapters are really long. One of the things I’ve been doing is breaking the chapters up into smaller chapters. When I started editing last week I had twelve really long chapters, now, after reading through only the first two chapters, I have six smaller chapters. At this rate I’ll be doubling them up, so I’ll probably end up with around 24 smaller chapters.
I also have a laundry list of problems that need to be fixed or cut. Right now I am just going through the book and making notes. I am using Scrivener (which I absolutely love) and there is a note button that has become very handy. I have also color coded my problems. So far, I have used purple for added text, yellow for my notes, blue for things I need to research, and pink for text that might be cut. It is working really well.
So, that is where I stand as of today. I am hoping to get through another few chapters this week and then finish editing by next week. This weekend is going to be busy as well. I am going to a gun class to learn to shoot a gun. Researching for this book can be a lot of fun!