A fresh approach to re-writing
Here's a photo of my favorite writing spot. As you can see I keep my crochet handy to take little breaks and pause and think... It's a cozy room that always puts me in the mood when I curl up there.
Since I've finished the first draft of my current novel, I'm turning to the re-write phase. Re-writing is tough for me. I've got some bad associations with it. SO... in response I'm going to use counter tactics and try to turn it around.
What I don't like: It seems to go on and on and on.
What I'm going to try: Have a clear beginning and end. Set a clear 5 week re-writing period. After that I will have "draft 2". If I need to rewrite again, I'll take a break for a week and then start another clear re-writing phase.
What I don't like: No easy way of seeing my progress
What I'm going to try: When I'm writing the first draft, it's easy to see progress. It's all about word count. So I'm going to use a visual marker for re-writing. Stickers! I'll give myself a sticker for each hour I spend a week. As long as I'm spending time re-writing, I'm not going to sweat it. It's all about putting in the time.
What I don't like: Hard to know where to start - and my mind goes in circles
What I'm going to try: Divide book into five parts. Spend a week on each part. Spend several hours at first identifying what I want to work on in that part - make a list. Spend the week tackling the list and crossing things off.
What I don't like: I stare at the screen and get stuck.
What I'm going to try: Step away from the computer. Don't sit staring at an existing scene, trying to edit a word here or there. Look at scene (and novel) as a whole. Analyze what's wrong, what needs to be fixed, big picture with whole novel and specific scenes. Brainstorm many possible solutions on paper and away from computer. Make lists, make mindmaps, close eyes and let mind drift, imagine. As needed completely rewrite a scene without looking at the original version of the scene. Start fresh.
What I don't like: I have freak out moments. Doubt paralyzes me. The problems loom like monsters and I think there's no way I'll ever fix them.
What I'm going to try: Being intentionally positive. A new mind game. I'm going to use some of the ideas in Chapter 13 and 14 of Thinking Write to try to re-program the way I think and feel about re-writing.
Try to make it fun! Stickers, anyone?
Focus on spending time and not "making progress". If I spend time the progress will come.
Know that the doubts will come. When I'm having a doubtful day, know that it will pass.
Reward myself (instead of punishing myself). I'm thinking each sticker represents $5 that goes into a fun jar.
Do you ever do things like this? Try to re-architect something in your life and try to build new ways of handling it? It's sort of like I'm training a dog - except that I'm training myself.