The desire to get away can be a powerful motivator.
I’ve seen a few of you in recent weeks report on making a big push to finish up a project so you could go on vacation with a clean slate. I wasn’t aware I was doing that until mid-week, but that must have been what was behind my burst of activity.
I approached this part of the process with Barton’s Women a little differently than I did with Parallel Lives. With PL, when I definitively hit ‘The End’, I printed it out and put it away for five or six weeks. With Barton’s Women, for some reason I decided to do things differently. I powered through the end a few weeks back, then just went back to the beginning and started going over it again. I’m not sure why I did it this way, except that it felt like the right way to go about it, and as a writer, I’m all about feel and intuition.
It’s not done, but yesterday I reached the end of the work for the second time, turned my rough draft into something a little more polished, and now it’s banished, for a little while, anyway. I made some mistakes, for sure, I’m going to need to pay particular attention to the last ten pages or so when I do come back to this project in a few weeks, because I definitely think I let me desire to get it done interfere with my judgment a little bit, but I feel pretty good about it overall.
And now I take a break. The beach is calling. Have a great weekend, all.