Apparently, I’ve gotten so good at making them that I don’t even realize I’m doing it now.
I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing, or a bad thing though.
I was emailing Karen yesterday, thinking about all the critting that I’ve been doing for half a dozen people or so at the moment. It takes time, I’m giving good advice, people are thankful for that, and I get a kick out of it as well.
And then it hit me – I’ve been telling myself that I don’t have the time/energy/brain power to rework my own novels/stories, and yet here I am giving valuable, useful critiques to other people.
If I can put the time/energy/effort into that for other people, why can’t I do it for myself? When I am reading through I’m thinking about the ways I would do it differently, the sentences I would change, what can be cut, the words I’d switch out for other ones, the issues that have come up in the plot, the inconsistencies. Isn’t that what I need to be doing for my own writing? You know, that big fat pile of novels/novellas/stories I have sitting around waiting for me to get back to them?
Yeah… excuses busted.
With that said, I’m planning on getting back to Lifelines in the very near future 🙂 I want to clear the decks of the stuff on my crit table at the moment (mostly the stories for the Collection, halfway through, go me!), and tie up a few other things, then it’s just a matter of finding a way to balance fresh writing on TCM with editing/revision work on Lifelines.
I’m sure I’ll find a way!
Also, I think I’m moving closer to making a firm(ish) decision about a future career, but more on that another time.