Welcome! It’s so nice to see you again. How have you been? How was your week? What would you like? Coffee? Tea? Lemon water? A green smoothie? Today’s version is with bananas, pears, and kale.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been working through my writing fears that I told you about last week. I wrote more about it on Wednesday. All this has helped me tame the fear, I hope, for now. Through it all, I had a realization that I need to stop thinking about my writing in the context of others and just write this book for me. It will be much more authentic and hopefully better that way.
I publicly declare that I will not read any writing advice until I finish this second draft. No way am I letting well-intentioned advice mess with my head. Anyway this is only the second draft. It only needs to be somewhat of an improvement from the first draft. There’ll be several drafts more, so there’s still room for improvement.
This week I reread the entire first draft and highlighted parts that seemed decent or that I wanted to keep in some form. I wrote 479 new words, which isn’t much, but I will write much more this weekend. That’s my weekend plan – do lots of writing.
I must say that I am much happier with the new beginning, although that could change in the future. Rereading the first draft in a short time was a great idea. I was able to see some of the problems and things I kept doing in that draft that I don’t want to do in the next. It was also the first time I didn’t dismiss the whole thing as just terrible.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that there has been an outpouring of support here and other places. I’ve heard or read the sentence I can’t wait to read your book so many times this week. It was such a wonderful boost of confidence. Thank you for that.
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Today is another dull gray day outside, which makes me wish I was anywhere with even a hint of sun. It’s 10°C (50°F), so this temperature is acceptable, I guess, but more sun would be so welcome. To improve my mood I’m listening to this: