What to do tomorrow?
I have finished the first draft of Forced today. Hurrah! It came in at 20,367 words out of an estimated length of 20,000, which I feel quite smug about. (Let’s not mention the fact that I already know it will need an entire new opening scene. Possibly I can reduce Conroy’s interminable dithering to make up for that.)
It wasn’t until today, about four paragraphs from the end, that I realized what the story was about (theme-wise.) It’s about the damage that the self-righteous can do in the world. Up to that point I thought it was about giving up everything – including one’s self respect – for love. Perhaps I thought that theme couldn’t ever yield a happy ending. At any rate, at least I know now, and that will give me something to aim at once I start the edits.
But speaking of edits, I now have Under the Hill and Forced both waiting for the second draft stage. I know I should rest Forced for a while before starting edits on that, but I don’t want to start edits on Under the Hill and then have to interrupt them in a week’s time to work on something else. If I let Forced rest for the rest of this week and over the weekend, I can start editing it on the 17th. But what to do with Thursday and Friday? Should I:
a) Work on the plot plan for Whirlwind Boys,
b) Write a short story set in Anglo-Saxon times,
c) Drive to March and check out the tattoo shop there, or
d) Take all my size 18 clothes to the charity shop?
Other exciting news – it is the Straw Bear Festival on Saturday, and this time I really am dancing in it. Further huzzahs! 🙂