27 June 2013 – I have been ruthless with my work at the moment. I am doing a lot of research and really being ruthless about the layout and outline of the plot and location. I want to be clear about the details and consistent with the trajectory. I dont want the word count to get any bigger until the plan is air tight.
Huge holes are opening up in front of me, as I pull it apart and build it again
This frame I am building is going to have to support more than 100 percent of its current weight. I have to make sure it is strong so I can write it faster – and have it ready in time to give it to The Reader.
I was not too sure if having a due date to give to The Reader was going to have a negative effect on my work but it has turned out to be a blessing. I think I was being far too precious for too long.
As I work faster and with a slight distance to the work, it is easier to see the flaws. Huge holes are opening up in front of me, as I pull it apart and build it again.
I am also starting to really understand that this book will be one of many. I have stopped holding it so close to me – I am feeling a professional distance brought on my the coming of my dute date – more of a get it DONE notion. Not that I am not deeply attached and affected by the story. I just feel like it is more of a teenager than a toddler now. It has come away from my metaphorical breast.
Heading to Sydney this weekend for a whale watching trip. Should be fantastic to get so close to them. Just worried I wont get too much work done on the trip up and back.