Tomorrow. The day I finish my latest WIP. I can’t wait. I’m not sure this is taking the turn my editor hoped for, but who knows. I hope the little Angel on my shoulder will approve. No, I hope the real Angels out there will find it ... what’s the word? Fulfilling? Special? Satisfying?
I wrote the black moment tonight, that lowest point in the story when all seems lost. Tomorrow, I’ll start at the beginning and make sure that everything heads in that direction believably, and that I didn’t miss any stray strands or leave out any foreshadowing opportunities. Or that I didn’t foreshadow a twist that I ended up not taking.
My timeline is a little crooked, and I need to insert more time passing in order to let the climax and the ending have believable roots. I need to flesh out a few scenes, color in between the lines.
Now I get to write the happy ending. I just love this dark hero and I can’t wait to let him have what he so desires, but cannot pursue. My heroine has no hope, but out of no hope, I get to give her things she hardly dared dream of. I can’t wait for that, either.
And, I discovered that I have some symbolism! I didn’t mean to, and I was bummed because I really wanted to experiment with it. I just need to make sure it always means what it seems to mean. Is that right? Maybe I’ll trip across another symbol, who knows. I don’t usually think of symbolism, so maybe Erica’s daughter and Erica are both right.
But it’s always better to be aware of what you do, why you do it, how you do it, and the effect it has.
I’m not sure what this post is except a to-do list for tomorrow, LOL, but ... here it is. That "must write better" voice in my head has been particularly fierce during the writing of this story, and I’ve really pushed myself.
The one problem with improving, however, is that your past failings seem all the more glaring, all the more evident, all the more cringe-worthy.
Saturday will be a new story, a new list of skills to work on. I’ve noticed that my favorite writers don’t describe things with description, but describe things with a story. Telling a story with stories. I don’t play with that enough. I have enough trouble with one story, let alone a whole story’s worth of stories. And I want to work on my close shots, and my details.
So what are you driving at improving with your current WIP? Or do you not think of that until revisions, or ... gosh, I don’t know how other people write, LOL.