I had to stop what I was revising and go back to the beginning. My three week break left me feeling like I was pushing stick figures around. I had lost my sense of the story and the characters. Strange how that can happen after living with these people for so long. You would think they'd be so far embedded in my brain that there was no dislodging them.
Either way, the read through helped immensely, but I still don't feel like my head is one hundred percent back in the game. I slogged through this morning, creating a new transition scene, but it feels flat, devoid of the little details that make the scene come alive. I'm behind schedule on where I had hoped to be this week too. I had planned on editing 50 pages. I instead ended up editing 11 and creating 4 new ones. Argh. Once again I am wondering why I couldn't have been given the gift of basket weaving instead of writing.
But again, I shall continue to slog away and beat this story into submission if it kills me. I have a fairly full weekend ahead but I am hoping to find a little time to make up some of my page count.
And oddly, as usually happens when my writing begins to feel flat, I have not been reading as much fiction of late. Time to get back into that. Reading always releases some weird creative enzyme in my brain. And that pile of TBR books is not getting any smaller. In fact, I added two more to it this week with John Grisham's, The Broker and Mary Balogh's latest re-release in the Web series. I'm looking forward to both of them.
Speaking of good books - if you are looking for a great historical, check out Julianne MacLean's latest, In My Wildest Fantasies. It is the first in her new Pembroke Palace series and she kicks it off with a great start. Very enjoyable read and well worth picking up.
How about you? Read any good books lately?