I’ve been living in my edit suite for the past 10 days.
Well – I literally do live in my edit suite anyway, but this time I was actually editing video for an average of 10 hours per day. Couple of projects for Images Post were the culprits, one with a hard deadline. In particular, the TEDx video pushed my knowledge of Adobe After Effects to the limit. Many nights, I was up ’til 4am, and spent just enough of my non-editing waking hours to eat and maybe stare at a spot in the world for a spell. It’s been a very long time since I worked that intensely on anything.
As a result, my progress on the novel has been not as intense as I’d like it to be. I hope you understand.
Even so, the progress I made was good progress. It doesn’t show up in the word count, but I did get a major seven page scene tightened up to a point where I’m happy with it. Last week it was lumpy and lacked momentum. I didn’t even enjoy reading it, let alone writing it. Things needed to be said, but it was feeling too long and too repetitive.
Ain’t it funny how cutting and pasting the same block of text from one section to another can suddenly sharpen a dull scene? My protagonist walks into a room with hope, confidence and optimism. He walks out defeated and hopeless, having exhausted every last tactic and every last shred of emotion towards achieving his objective. He fought hard, and he lost harder – and all I did was rearrange what I had already written, maybe adding 75 words to that scene in the process.
I got a good start on the next scene, and I look forward to getting a chunk of it written over the weekend. Mom, Dave, Grama and Papa have flown in from Saskatchewan. I’m heading down to Windsor to meet them. With no edit suite to gobble up every last waking hour of my writing time, I hope to steal some time away from all the visitations to finish the scene – maybe even start on the next.
Writers need to write, even when they’re consumed with competing priorities. Gotta keep reminding myself of that.