Saturday, October 13, 2007

Half a Year Gone

Laying in bed last night I realized that I have less than six months to my birthday. This doesn't usually keep me up at night but what it signifies is I have only a short while to get Crimson Swarm polished up and completed. I had a goal of having the story complete by the time I turned 40. Well that was last March. I came close to having draft one done by then, I think I finished it some time in April. I made a new goal at that time to have draft two done by my next birthday, in effect complete "while" I'm still 40.

So this morning I cleaned up Chapter 2 as much as I could and posted it to my crit circle. I can't say enough good things about belonging to a group like this. I am certain that my writing would not be anywhere near the quality it is now (what level of quality it is, I still don't know for certain).

Now I need to jump to the back of the book and work more on fleshing out the ending. It is coming together nicely, but still needs some work to satisfy me (and my friend who really disliked my original ending).


Susan Flemming said...

Aloha Robert. I was reading Patricia Wood's blog and thought I'd drop by but rather than just say hi, I wanted to comment on this post. I know it's an older post, so I hope you don't mind.

Last year I set myself the goal of finishing my novel by the time I turn 45. Well my birthday is just a little over a month away and unless a miracle happens and the words start flowing faster, I'm not going to make that goal.

But I like your idea. I can finish my novel and have it polished while I'm still 45.

Thanks for brightening my day.

D. Robert Pease said...

Yeah, I think we get into this mindset that if we don't make our goals, then we just give up on that goal. "I want to lose 20 lbs by Thanksgiving." Then it doesn't happen and we say, "Oh well, I tried." But all it really does is give us an opportunity to reevaluate why we made the goal in the first place. Losing 20 lbs is just as valid a goal the day after Thanksgiving as it was when you made it two months before. Not achieving a goal doesn't lessen its importance. So just make a new goal, and try again. It's pretty simple really.