Major Revision/Rewrite of Violets & Violins
Status: 72,000 words out of 100,000
Words added/rewritten this week: 1,000
The status bar scarcely moved this week because I focused on editing the first three chapters of V&V and the synopsis in preparation for entering them in contests. I polished the opening of the book until it shone so brightly I had to don sunglasses.
Going back to the beginning of the manuscript after nearing the three-quarter mark proved interesting. My characters have grown, which is as it should be. If they hadn't, they'd never be able to face the hardships coming their way in the final quarter of the book.
I had a pleasant surprise. My writing has improved. This version of the story is far better than the two previous, and I'm happy. Having invested three and a half years in my writing, I'm finally beginning to see real progress.
In addition to prepping the contest entry, I got ahead on some tasks. If all goes according to plan, I'll be able to add several thousand words to V&V this week. I'm ready to reach The End and begin another project. I love my characters and enjoy spending time with them, but those from other stories are vying for my attention.
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Do you rejoice at the growth of your characters as I do?
Are there times you return to a work you've not seen for some time and experience the joy of realizing it's better than you remembered?
Have you ever tired of a project and been ready to move on? How do you maintain your momentum when you feel the pull to start something else?