The end is in sight.
But the editing is a blight.
The words blur by, the black, the red, the white.
This story is a garden that has been tended.
But God damn, I’m tired, exhausted, expended.
How many more rounds do I have to do before it is all ended?
One, five, nine?
After all this hard work, this story better bloody shine.
Then I have to do it again as it is one of many in my creative writing assembly line.
As my burnout is starting to dissipate I’m beginning to think more about my stories. This one from years ago, a post-apocalyptic survival story, has begun to gain more traction in my mind.
Looking back at the dates on the files I see that one is from ’14, the next is ’15 and the last was from ’16. I pretty much know the ins and outs of the narrative and just need to write a complete first draft. I have a partially completed one, but I think it is only a quarter or a third done.
A few weeks ago I went back and edited the first couple of pages. Below you can see that I’ve ripped apart everything. I pretty much just changed the POV from first to third and elaborated on a few things. I‘m actually pretty impressed with my skill level from a few years ago. It makes me feel better about myself. It’s also the only story I have so far that is sectioned into parts or super long 10,000 words chapters.
I also have to do other things like format it to the Smashwords style because this was pre-template age for me. (I made a Smashwords style word doc to make things a lot easier for me). I also came to a little snag in terms of the plot near the beginning, but it’s nothing I can’t fix. I’m not too sure how long this will be or even if I’ve got the right title for it yet. But I’m hoping that maybe I might get this draft done by the end of the year 🙂
I think I might have my writing mojo back. I wrote just under 2000 words during a 4-hour stint at a cafe today 🙂 It was on the story I was writing before burn-out hit me. Is that a sign? I don’t know, but I’m happy about what I did 🙂 This story is what I consider my best story so far.