This is my IWSG post for July. To read more posts from writers helpingwriters, click here.
Spend at least a little time with your manuscript daily.
That hit me soundly because, for the last few months, I’ve been visiting my manuscript intermittently. I forgive myself, because there was a significant distraction, but as I try to get back into a regular rhythm, the bond is not there. It’s a first draft. I still have about fifty-thousand words to go, and the only way I could connect myself to the story again was to reread what I’d written so far. That’s a dangerous practice. One I don’t recommend. Rereading before finishing is a great way to get bogged down in the crud of a first draft. Another stellar teacher, Lynne Griffin taught me this.
The only thing you have to do with a first draft is finish it.
But, this time I made an exception. I’d forgotten so much about my story I had to. By not focusing on it, I’ve…lost focus. So this past week, I opened it up and read it with no editing. Next, I’ll try to hold myself accountable to visiting it every day.
Fingers crossed. Perhaps in late fall, I’ll write another IWSG post and announce this.
What do you do to stay connected to your story?