Today's been a different kind of Tuesday for me. My official 'child free' day of the week is usually a fully scheduled of errands, 'me time' treats or catch ups with friends.
But today, I took a nearly fully recovered Preschooler SSG to the library along with my laptop and wrote.
Not just for the blog (thanks, Tine writing offline really is both more focused and productive than trying to write with the distractions of windows and social media apps open simultaneously) but also for a writing project I volunteered to be a part of.
I normally write blog posts around photos I've taken over the space of a day or two or else things in the news that have taken my interest. The writing is quickly done, minimally edited (sorry for the typos...) and posted immediately for comment or silent reading at your leisure.
But being part of this project has been a different experience entirely. I was given a theme to write about and submitted a brief outlining what I was going to write about. The final piece is very loosely based on that submission but fingers crossed the editors read with an open mind and that my piece will be a good fit for the rest of the project.
Can I start waxing lyrical about The Craft now? It's been a lot of fun. Putting together a rough outline. Writing a few test paragraphs to get into the mind of my lead character. Going back to edit. having a bit of a think in the shower about what I've written. Then going back and reworking what I've written.
Today was a breakthrough day because I've completed my first draft. I've even managed to do it with a couple of weeks before deadline up my sleeve! I'm looking forward to revisiting the short story over the next little while to edit and polish. All the while trying to remain firmly under my set word limit.
Do you have a labour of love that you're nurturing right now? If it's writing, what do you love most or hate about the editing process?