The last two days have been for the most part sitting behind the monitor and well, just letting the story write itself. And It’s moving quickly.
This is a story that had originated a few years back and I had put it away and just recently came back to it. I opened the file a few weeks ago and fell in love with the story, a romance and although I had other projects that I could have started, this one kept speaking to me, especially after reading the first few paragraphs to my wife and she started to cry.
In many cases when writing, I start off just letting words flow, a stream of consciousness approach, a crude first draft. One of the issues I face is becoming fatigued after writing, and re-reading, and writing, is that either I become lazy and just want to find the end, or I just, well, it’s like reading the same book over and over, no matter how much you love it, eventually it becomes exhausting. So I find the best medicine is to write a few words a day 3-5000, and then without reading the entire story at once, just read the new sections, and then repeat the process. It surely does help, at least for me, that when I do come to an end point, I can then go back from the beginning and read it all as if it were still fresh ink on paper and then begin the editing process following the same steps. A few words a day. Then step away from it and come back tomorrow.
I can tell you this, that while writing it, there were moments my own words began making me want to cry, and that’s an amazing feeling to just begin a sentence and not really know what you’re going for and as you’re moving along watching the cursor move to the pace of your writing and it starts developing into something, like in a dark room watching something become a silhouette, then a shape, and then a fully developed picture.
And that for me is the most amazing part is that process, just moving, and in many respects you aren’t writing the story, you have taken on the role of the character and they are telling the story. And when you get to the end of the paragraph and read it for the first time as a whole, and you get goosebumps from the words, that’s an amazing feeling. It doesn’t happen all the time, but that’s what I keep striving for is that emotional guttural reaction as if it’s not me writing, but I am taking on the role of the reader, knowing I had written this, but at the same time it’s like, it wasn’t me, it had come from someplace within.
I cannot wait to share this story. It is very close now to being finished. I’m currently editing some formatting issues and style and as I had written in an earlier post I am using ProWritingAid software to help, and so far it’s been helping me out immensely by finding things that as the writer are easy to miss.
So, I just wanted to give everyone an update on where I am, and I hope soon, maybe by the end of this week I’ll be finished with the entire story and then I’ll began editing, and re-editing, and may ask a few beta-readers to read it and get their feedback.
I hope everyone is doing well….Much love and respect always. Chad