To give a quick update, I am now ~2/5ths through my latest revision (at least, there are 5 distinct sections, and I’m one chapter from being done with section #2).
I have had difficulty staying focused this round, and was relieved to find a reason.
The short version is that my life has been really stressful lately (I’ve moved, set up housekeeping, restarted homeschooling and attempted to restart our gluten-free eating. Apparently too much for a single month’s efforts).
While the novel used to be my go-to recreation, the amount of tension in the story on top of the tension in my real life has been more than I’ve had energy for.
Did you know that your body processes stress and adrenaline (essentially) as it hits the brain, not waiting for reality. This is why worry can be so damaging (your body is continually gearing up for the worst), and why we feel so exhausted after an intense story.
This really just entered my awareness last week when my writing friend (Hi, Jennifer!) brought up two categories of murder mysteries: thrillers and cozies. People looking for a rush read the first kind, and people who read to relax gravitate to the second.
So I did question for a while whether I’m writing the right story or the right genre, mainly because I’m so weary I question whether I can continue creating a whole world (and an intense world, no less!).
But then I find I can’t really quit, so on we go.
I’ve decided to release the story in sections to people I know, so if you’re willing to give feedback and we’ve talked before, comment here or send me an e-mail and I’ll get you the first block (then the next once you comment on the first).
The third and fourth sections contain the most changes for this newest draft, so they may be longer in coming, but several of you have been so patient already I wanted to give you the option of reading a bit of the story, if you would like, while you wait for the full.