This year, I bought a ring to hang outside that is full of nesting supplies: soft cotton, rag twine, feathers. I hung it up about a month ago, and everyone was ignoring it–until now. The thing is starting to show some wear, and yesterday, when I was out with the dogs, I watched a chickadee using it. It made me feel really good, and I tried to get a picture of him, but once he knew I was watching, he didn’t come back. At least, not when I was watching again. -laugh- So instead, I have a shot of the bloodroot again, this time in full glory, all opened up to the sun. The larger, more established Trilliums are up, but the smaller ones are still safe underground. And the red buds are blooming in the woods. No Dogwood yet, which is curious, but they are usually after the redbuds. I’m sort of anxious for them.
Work is going good. I’m about halfway through my rewrite, and I’m going to have to start over. This is a break from my usual pattern of plow through a rewrite, then go back and tweak, but I failed to make several emotional shifts obvious enough, and when enough of those pile up, it’s sometimes best to start over so you know how to handle the end instead of guessing. I’ve done this before, so it’s nothing new, just unusual. Which simply goes to prove that writing is a very elastic art. You can’t get the same result by pursuing the same pattern year after year. It’s vital that you can see what you need to get the desired result and shift your work to achieve it. The good thing is that you’ve got everything you need to be a successful writer right this instant, you just have to practice using those muscles and honing the ability to adapt until it comes naturally.
So today, much like line editing is focusing on the logistics of the sentence and paragraph, I will be looking at one aspect of the story–the relationships–and shifting things until there is a solid flow of emotions from one realization to the next. This part of the writing process is a hundred times more vital than most new writers realize, in a hurry to prove their talents. This is where the writing shifts from laying words out on paper to telling a story, reaching into another person’s experiences, and making a connection. Of making the experience come alive.