I know editing is important, incredibly so. But when I'm editing, I feel like I'm stagnant. It's a frustrating feeling, especially when I have so many things to finish, polish, and improve.
Thankfully, this month brings a different tactic, since I'm determined to make progress with No Sugar Coating, I am writing a little bit every day. Editing is taking place in my downtime, but it's still happening. I have so much to do with Where We Collide before I can fully count it as "decent enough to query." It does stand much better than the original, so I'm happy in regards to that.
RUHE, however, is going to take a complete backseat. It was my first finished manuscript. Perhaps somewhere down the road, I'll take it out of the box and dust it off, when I feel like making a darker story, "going there" instead of easing off at the last moment. For now, I'm quite content to focus on my other two projects.
In other news, I've been reading, a lot. I've rediscovered the wonders of audiobooks. I know that sounds silly, but when I first listened to books on CD they were all kind of done in the same, drab narration. Now, they are punchy, have impact, and it's almost like watching a movie unfold.
The wonders of technology and the world we live in: I love it. I can listen to an audiobook, read a physical book at lunch, and take my ebooks anywhere I'd like. At this moment, I have three books in progress, one in each format. I think I'm honestly making up for lost time. So many days of my life were spent hating books because of my "required readings." But I wonder, now that I'm older and more in love with lyrical writing, if I would get more out of reading the classics now than I did then.
Maybe some day I'll revisit my old, required readings and see what I make of them. For now, I'm having too much fun getting lost in young adult literature, new and old.