I’ve had a bit of a break from the writing and it’s been tricky getting started again.
I finished the first draft of Emma’s Story and then I went back to Sweden for a week and I meant to get started again when I came back home. It was more difficult than I expected it to be. But maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
It’s getting better though, and I’m getting back into it. Like I mentioned, in a previous post, I drew up a plan for what I need to do. It seemed like a good idea, and it probably is.
The interesting part is that when I sat down to write that extra chapter I wanted to do, I felt like I’d disconnected from the story. It felt like I didn’t quite know the characters as well as once did. I’d only stopped writing for about two weeks and already I’d lost touch.
When I wrote the first draft I thought about it daily. I wrote most days, and on days I didn’t write, I thought about it. The story was a big part of my life for those three months it took to write it and it became natural to spend time with it. And then, after a short break, it was all gone.
I’m getting back into it, but it’s taking its time. I finished that extra chapter and it sort of works but needs a bit of polish – of course. I’ve started changing up the conversations that need changing and I’m fixing other things as I go. The fun is coming back. I’m still not quite in the
zone with the story the way I used to be, but it’s getting there.
I found a nice new pub to write at and it’s encouraging me to put in some more time. It won’t help me get rid of the excess weight I put on while back home, but it’ll help me get some work done on the story.
I rewrote the first conversation in the first chapter and I tried to put a bit more pressure on Emma to get her mind made up and get married already. I may have overdone it a bit as reader comments indicate her parents come across as mean and unsympathetic now. They also commented on how it seems Emma is doing all the work and her parents may be working her too hard.
This is probably a case of me going overboard with the pressuring, but also of the reader not being familiar with the setting. I think I’m quite fortunate in that my previous readers have all been familiar with my setting through my previous story already. It makes it easier for them to accept how Emma is running the burrow while for a new reader it may seem a bit odd. It’s something I’ll have to factor in for the next rewrite.
Most importantly though. I’m getting back into it and I’m getting excited about getting out of work so I can go work on my story instead.