I'm back, after a week off. The first edit on the novel is fully underway. What a slog.
The end result of the first draft was nothing like the initial plan I had for the ideas, places, characters.
There are giant swathes of writing throughout the draft that I don't even remember thinking of or working to produce. Those are some of the best portions of editing. Finding the gems that genuinely stick out as quality work.
A lot of what I wrote doesn't work though. There are lyrical phrases that add nothing. Or jumbled up, complex sentences that need to be trimmed down to work. I tried to leave my comfort zone in this project. I definitely succeeded in that regard.
I don't think I've succeeded on any of my overall goals since starting this blog, though. Not by any stretch of the imagination. So, as Spring rolls in, I'm taking the time to reset -- to reestablish my goals and the process through which I intend on achieving them.
The overall plan is more or less remaining the same: become a full-time writer. The strategy and mindset with which I approach it is the only thing getting tweaked. I'm still going to push myself, but the last three months have taught me how to do that in a more productive manner.
It's easy to get caught up in the flow of day-to-day life. Easy to get swept away in the constant, pulsating motion of it all. Sometimes it's important to take a step back, reset, regroup, and re-engage. Whatever that means to you.