Major Revision/Rewrite of Inspirational Historical #3
Status: 55,000 words out of 100,000
Words added/rewritten this week: 6,000
I'm tired but excited. I had a great week. First, I completed the critique I started last week, editing twenty more chapters. Not only do I get the satisfaction of helping a fellow writer and the enjoyment of a good story, but I also learn through the process. When I return to my work-in-progress, I see things I'd overlooked and am able to improve my story.
And return to my story, I did, rewriting 6,000 words. Yay for me.
However, I must 'fess up. I didn't add much new material. I've finally reached the point in the story where the scenes from the first version fit into to the new one. To my surprise and delight, I was able to use most of what I'd written in the two chapters I added this week. Talk about a good feeling.
Part of the reason I was able to focus on the editing and my writing this week was that our daughter was away at her college orientation. She was gone three days, giving Gwynly and me a sneak peek at what life will be like come September. At this point, I think I'm going to handle the transition well. I didn't shed a tear during the Fashion Queen's absence. Of course, I may find myself wishing I'd never made such a bold statement once she's been gone for a few weeks.
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How much time are you able to devote to writing in a normal week?
How do you react when you return to your story and realize it's better than you remembered?
For those of you who are already Empty Nesters, what advice do you have on making the transition as painless as possible?