Major Revision/Rewrite of Violets & Violins
Status: 101,000 words out of 100,000
Words added/rewritten this week: 0
Life changed dramatically the past two weeks. Gwynly and I moved the Fashion Queen to college.
Our first-year student is doing quite well, and we're immensely proud of her. Meanwhile, we're adjusting to our Empty Nest. The house is quieter. There is far less laundry. The coffee table, where our daughter preferred to do her homework, isn't piled with textbooks, empty Dr. Pepper cans and an assortment of jewelry.
We writers hear the oft-repeated advice to begin a story at a character's moment of profound change. I can see why. At those times, emotion runs rampant. I felt drained during the days following our separation. I wept my way through the supermarket where items on every aisle reminded me of my gal. When she faced a challenge with a course change and overcame it, I rejoiced. Upon receiving an email with photos of her sporting her first henna tattoo, I laughed.
Life as I knew it will never be the same. I'll never be the same. The experience of launching my daughter into adulthood has ended the hands-on mom period of my life. The Fashion Queen is fast becoming an independent young woman I'm happy to call my friend. While she'll always be my little girl at heart, she no longer needs me in the same ways she once did. She's growing and changing, and so am I.
Now that the move is behind us, I'm eager to return to my writing. Before I could, I had some contest entries to judge. I was blessed with two stellar stories to score. Both of these writers have amazing voices. I'll be a better writer for having had the privilege of reading their work.
Moving forward with Violets & Violins is my goal now. I'm eager to finish the revision so I can preform an edit and move on to my next story. I feel a renewed sense of enthusiasm as I anticipate spending time with my characters.
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For those of you with an Empty Nest, I'd love to hear how you weathered the emotional upheaval.
For those of you who aren't parents or who haven't launched your children into the world yet, what major transitions have you experienced, and how have you dealt with them?
For those of you who are writers, have you used a major change from your life in one of your stories?