Getting That First Draft Done…Like, Now

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As I continue revising, editing, and polishing my novel, Passage of Promise, as it runs through my online critique group, in my spare time, I drop into my novella, Mourning Dove,  switching it from first to third person as I did with my novel because I prefer that. I’ve also revised sections and added scenes. Actually, I still have a few more scenes I need to add that were prompted through beta reader and hubby feedback.

But in the past couple of days, I’ve reached to the back burner where my WIP (work in progress), What She Didn’t Know, has been sitting the last two months, waiting to have me add scenes and chapters.

So, I wrote up a scene and chapter yesterday, and it felt good. I wasn’t sure I could get back into the story, but what always helps me is reading previous chapters to prime the creative pump and get myself back into the lives of the three sisters in the case of this story.

Yesterday, I shared with my husband the many plot points and my characters in my WIP. After explaining all the different relationship conflicts with each of the three sisters, my husband said, “What is this? A soap opera?” Haha!

I told him these types of storylines often go through my head. I asked his opinion on one of my ideas for one of the minor characters (one that could be fatal or not fatal). He chose the second and said, “I think there’s already enough drama.”

Oh, but we writers thrive on drama with our characters. It’s called conflict in the world of writers. 😀

I started What She Didn’t Know January 14, 2018. A freaking year ago! I can’t believe I haven’t finished it yet!

Three months. I’m giving myself three months to at least write as many of the chapters I’ve got notes on as I can, hoping the first draft will be done by the end of that time period. If not, at least it’ll be close.

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First drafts can be very difficult. I’ve read plenty of articles of fellow writers struggling to finish their novels. I blame my half-done piece on working on my other done pieces.

It’s never taken me this long to write a story of any type. It’s time to hunker down.

All fellow writers struggling through their first drafts, let’s unite in getting them done before summer!

And DON’T GIVE UP! You know your story is good and worth the effort! Your characters are calling your name, telling you they’re waiting for their next encounters, next conflicts, next DRAMA. 😉

Happy writing!

 

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OPA! Theophany & Greek Dancing

 

Yesterday was Holy Theophany (Epiphany for my Western Christian friends and those not familiar with the word “Theophany”), and so my family attended the Divine Liturgy at our Greek Orthodox Church, and the blessing of the water service followed.

Then, we went downstairs and ate a delicious meal at the Vasilopita (St. Basil’s bread) luncheon. Followed by that, we all were treated to Greek dancing by our parish teens. Here’s the two short minute and a half (each) videos I took. Enjoy!

 

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A St. Basil’s Cake & A New Year Full of Fabulous Possibilities

Saint Basil's bread for 2019 from women's monastery

(Saint Basil’s bread we received this morning from the local women’s monastery)

Every New Year’s Eve, it is part of my Greek Orthodox tradition to either bake a Saint Basil’s sweet bread, or purchase one through my church from the local women’s monastery. Last year and this year, we did the latter.

We ordered the bread before Christmas.

We were out of town visiting my mother for Christmas, which was a real blessing. It had been too long since we’d seen her. We had engaging talks and loved spending time with her and her precious kitties (she has five!).

So, my husband picked up our order of Saint Basil’s bread this morning at church. We are set for New Year’s Eve!

What, you may ask, do we do with this bread besides consume it?

There is a coin baked into the bread. A special coin. When we cut up the bread, the coin is hidden in one of those pieces.

Whoever gets the coin in their piece has good luck and blessings for the year.

I literally can’t remember if I’ve ever gotten the coin, but I hope every year I will.

Really, it seems the right people get the coin each year due to whatever their circumstances are. 🙂

For the New Year, I’m actually going to attempt to achieve a certain goal. It is to lose ten pounds. I’m at that age where the pounds add up and stick with you.

I plan to exercise regularly and eat more healthy food.

Wish me luck!

May you all have a blessed New Year full of joy and dreams that come true.

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