Walked the ridge above Lake Billy Chinook from Overlook Park south. No trail, but soft ground and impossible to get lost. One boat in the water which whirred away as I sat here. A warm day, almost 60 degrees, a bit of wind.
Gives me a bit of the willies to be sitting so high.
to start exploring this area more. Try to find some trails and or
unused roads. This is the first time walking in two weeks because I've
been sick. Even today I'm coughing, but damn I needed to get out of the
Still undecided what to write starting the first of the year. Hoping something will come along and announce itself.
thing I've learned from writing Deadfall Ridge and Takeover. In both
books, after 3 months passed by I figured out how to improve them. It's
not only that I see the structure more clearly, I'm also more willing to
be ruthless in cutting and consolidating.
But by then,
I'd already sent them off. I went ahead and sent the revised Deadfall
Ridge and I'll send the revised Takeover, but I doubt the editor is
willing to read them more than once.
So I've learned.
It seems to hold true of my thrillers most of all, probably because they
are even more plot-oriented than my horror.
decided that from now on, no matter what, any finished first draft is
going to be set aside for at least 3 months before looking at it again. I
should be able to start putting this into some kind of schedule. Write
one book, set it aside, write another book and then come back to the
first book. After the initial delay it shouldn't hold me back at all.
proven I can write books, that I can finish them. But I'm wondering
what the point is if I can't get anywhere with them. So that gets me
thinking I need a "killer" idea. But...well, that just means I don't
write anything at all.
I need to make a choice and just start writing.
Starting Tuesday, I'm going to start and I'm figuring that it will become clear to me what to do.
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