Sometimes all it takes is a little distance. Upon finishing the fourth draft of Gypsy Fiddle I set it aside and hunkered down for the winter. What I gained in the process – or so I hope – was the ability to see the big picture. To move past the mental exhaustion to where I could see the beginning, the middle and the end of the story and see where they don’t mesh.
I am now gearing up for the next stage: polishing the story and ironing out the kinks. I’ve had help from the good people of the SFF Online Writing Workshop, to whom I intend to repay the favour.
In the meantime, I’ve been gifted with a Kindle (which has been named Munchkin) and have done a lot of reading. I can’t believe how badly I fell out of the habit.
The simple joy of reading has so far helped me through the worst of the winter blues, and has also sharpened my mind for the mission ahead. Here’s to many more adventures.