This chapter has had way too much attention. It has held me back from progressing with chapters 7 and so forth.
I know that writing your first draft means just writing on and revising later. I have trouble doing that, especially when I am really unhappy with what I have written.
Chapter 6 has been like that for me.
Part of my routine is to read over the previous chapters so that I get continuity. Every time I read chapter 6 I wanted to scream.
It was wrong, off, cumbersome, troublesome. A real pain in the arse.
I left it alone for a while. Went on to chapter 7, and 8. But it was like a bug crawling around in my ear, irritating.
I went back, and except for the first few paragraphs, I started again. Threw all those pages out.
That is a really hard thing to do to your writing. And there were a couple of things in those pages I was proud of – happy with – wanting to keep.
They had to go.
They may still be used – in another book perhaps. Now how many books am I up to?
I have been doing the Spring Into Summer Challenge, trying to write 1,000 words a day (first draft). I am a little behind.
The reason for doing this challenge is to stop me from dwelling on a chapter (such as chapter 6), and simply get on with it.
I am getting there – but changing my habits has been hard. I just hope that it works – before I go even more mental.