Moving

Book haul

Only two of those will come along

I am moving in three weeks, and I can’t decide what to do with my books. Bring them all and save for a library or use the opportunity to sort through them and only  take the very best with me?

Last week I found out that the local library will accept personal books and consider adopting them. Maybe I should leave some there.

Feedback

Tuva Tovslid edit

Planning

Yesterday I got my manuscript back from my sister, with notes. So many good pointers on character development and believable plot turns, and (rather rare when asking for critique) some compliments.

I find it hard to start edit a draft having already done my best to make it as good as possible. Knowing that I have to make a mess of it to improve it, makes it challenging to pick it up. It’s been close to seven weeks since I gave it to her, after all.

Some things makes it easier though. Spot-on critique is a great source of motivation. When I know how to make it better, it is difficult not to.

A soft start is another trick. I find it easy to get too technical in my planning, so I make time and space just to sit with the story and think freely, not pushing it in a given direction. It might actually be procrastination, but at least I enjoy myself while doing it.

So today I have only listened to music, made better and better lists of what I need to focus on for the next draft, drawn some horses and drunk som coffee. No actually writing, but easing into the story again and getting excited for the potential.

In between projects

Tuva Tovslid

Writing by hand

Having finished my short story and still not gotten the feedback on my second manuscript, it feels like I am on some sort of vacation.

While I prefer to work on a project, it is nice to have some space to just write without any goals. When I do that, I prefer to write by hand. The smell of ink and paper is the best.

My sister promised to give me back my manuscript on the 17th of May, so until then, this strange writing vacation continuous. I might even draw something.

Short stories are hard

Tuva Tovslid short story

Editing a short story

Coming up with a story suitable for a short story is hard. I have written some now, and I’m always left with the feeling that they just aren’t that engaging. Short means less character development, less time to introduce the conflict and less time to solve it. It’s difficult not to be too on-the-nose.

I don’t think I have read more than ten short stories that I really liked, so maybe it’s my own preferences for a good story that makes it hard.

I am waiting for feedback from my faithful writing friend this week, hopefully I can get a little bit better at it with some help.