My goal this week is to finish the first edit my next novel. It sounds a good aim, but writing does not work like this.
The first six chapters were fine, with a few minor tweaks to the action or the description. Then I came to a chapter I knew did not work. The story didn’t flow, there was insufficient dialogue, the action didn’t ring true to the characters. There are techniques for dealing with this situation – writing as different character, or changing the tense. Researching more fully is sometimes the answer but in this case I had made the chapter over-complicated. Simplifying the narrative had a knock on effect on the surrounding chapters and I began to lose the thread.
Achieving my goal may take days, or weeks, or even months but I enjoy this aspect of writing, it is like solving a puzzle. Real life is not so simple because I am not in control of the narrative of those around me.
Being in relationship with someone is like having two people on a trampoline. The goal is to find a rhythm that suits you both. It is fun at first but difficult to maintain for the long haul. It helps if we bounce to the rhythm of the One who created us!
This blog is a response to the FiveMinuteFriday prompt: GOAL