Writing Journal Y3 Day 154

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the_endThe Queen of Shadows

I was staring at the novel I just finished and trying to figure out what to do next.  This is the part that I hate, the part where I don’t have the next project yet.  I’m still choosing what to work on next, you see?  But, then there’s the novel I just finished.  It needs an edit.  Not the whole thing, really – but the last quarter or so needs a strong going through.  I say that because I am so obsessive about these things that I’ve been editing and reediting all along, so the beginning is quite polished.

But something was bothering me.  I kept opening the novel and looking at the end.  I’d read and reread it but couldn’t put my finger on what was bothering me.

Friday night, I figured it out.  I was staring at the end and I didn’t see anything jumping out at me or shutting up that nagging voice in the back of my head, so I started over and read the first few chapters.  That’s when I realized that I had left something unresolved – a loose end.  Something setup in the beginning and then never brought to head.  Those are the worst.  This led to my staying up til 2 am redoing the ending to resolve that loose end.

The resulted in that nagging feeling going away.  I went to sleep and woke feeling good about the book again.

Writers Group

Saturday, I went to my writers group.  They took a look at the first few chapters.  The comments were varied and mostly positive, but a few stick out in my mind.  For example, we went on a 20 minute digression into drawing a bow, and whether or not someone could draw a bow to fire and then hold the bow that way for more than a few heartbeats.  The consensus was yes, that the act of drawing the bow takes more effort versus holding it that way – and this was from someone who is an archer, so I tend to believe ’em.

We also spent an inordinate amount of time talking about the wind.  It would take too long to explain that to you.

Beyond all of that, I am continuously impressed with the knowledge people keep in their heads.  Writing groups, especially when you have a good one, can really help you figure out the details that will take the story to the next level.  I guess the moral of the story is ‘get thee to a writers group’…