It’s July! Sheesh. Time is zooming by.
With it being the first Wednesday of the month, it makes it time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. What’s making me insecure this month?
Time. Except, not in the way I typically lament it. Sure, I would love a few more hours a day to be able to work on my writing, but right now, I’m just trying to get everything to line up in my story’s timeline. I’ve mentioned before that I write out of order. A couple of NaNoWriMos ago, I wrote 50K worth of one character’s POV, and in that amount, there’s two earthquakes, a day apart.
Now that I’m getting to the other POVs, I’ve realized I don’t want two earthquakes. It doesn’t jive well for moving things forward. To resolve this, I’m taking out the first earthquake, but that means I have to rearrange scenes and adjust my timeline. So, I’ve set aside my momentum to rework the events. It doesn’t bode well for me keeping up with my accountability partner, but I can’t move forward until I’ve got it all timed right.
IWSG Question of the Month: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?
If I were to only pick one, I’d have to say: I need to get multiple opinions about my work. Different people have different strengths. Some are awesome with grammar, others can really grasp the emotions. People might disagree with the quality of work I’m producing, and comparing the feedback has helped me learn the difference between personal preference and something that really needs to be fixed.
Have you ever had to change your story’s timeline? What lessons have you learned? How is time treating you?