If you missed my post last week, I finished the first draft of my novel. I’d started so many times before but finally got it done this time! I was very excited and ate a lot of food.
This week, I did not do much with my draft. “They” all say to put the draft away for anywhere from two weeks to three months, and I’d hate to not follow “them.” This is pretty easy to do with Christmas coming next weekend, but what do I do with all the free time between now and when I start revisions?
I read! I read Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card and On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. I finished up Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis and am halfway through Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve been watching some of his classes online as well, because why pass up a completely free college class? In addition to being educational, all this helped me stay away from all the places I might find Star Wars spoilers. I’m going tonight!
There were other things to do as well, like work. I enjoy my job and this is the busy season, so it keeps me out of trouble most days. There was also exercise. Writers should remember that a healthy life makes writing easier! Don’t forget to take care of you.
Exercise always gives me the opportunity to do some story telling, because inevitably something funny happens when I exercise. I am not the most coordinated or in shape person, which is fine because it is still good for me. It just makes for funny stories. On Wednesday, I did CrossFit Endurance and did a lot of sprints. Do you know the last time I sprinted? Neither do I. I can only imagine that’s why I had trouble walking on Thursday. I enjoyed telling the story of my catastrophic sprint experience with my friend as I tried to run with her on Thursday afternoon. I don’t think she had any sympathy, but she did laugh at all my jokes.
There aren’t many jokes in my novel. It is harder to share jokes in the written form, I think, though here on the blog it is somewhat easier. Also since my novel is about a young woman fleeing from an evil man trying to use blood magic to turn her into his apprentice, it is hard to find funny moments. I imagine there’s not a lot of laughing going on there. I still had so much fun writing it.
The cats have a lot of fun supporting my writing. Here’s Aragorn, supervising my work yesterday morning. We both wish you a happy and productive week.