I have a cold. My head feels gloopy inside, but it didn’t down me until today. Which is good. I got to enjoy every minute of Nate’s visit. He left late yesterday afternoon to drive to Indy to see his brother one more time before he flew back to San Diego today. Even when he was here, though, I got to sneak in a little writing time–when he was visiting old friends, etc. And I started working on my mystery again.
It’s January. Winter. And 2018 started out COLD. Below zero temperatures. Time to stay inside and settle in for long hours of editing the three-fourths of The Bodies in the Wetland I got done before the holidays started. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s day is hit and miss on writing for me. I still plop my fanny in my office chair. I still put fingers to keys, but I might only have an hour or two in the morning or a pocket of time in the afternoon. No regular schedule. And I’m ready for that again.
I worked on the free romance for my webpage during December, because I knew I’d be distracted, and the romance is easier for me to keep in my head. I had the luxury of doing that since I’m ahead on the deadline for my mystery. But I got so far away from the mystery, it took me a while to get back into it.
I do most of my rewrites as I go, but I’ve been even pickier since I’m giving this book another sweep through. I have to. When I signed to write three cozy mysteries, I didn’t realize they had to be SQUEAKY clean. No cuss words at all, and I seem to have more of a potty mouth than I realized. Damn. Oops, I mean darn. I was never a whiz kid at sex scenes, but everything stops at the bedroom door for a cozy. Even internal dialogue has to be circumspect:) So, I’m going through the entire manuscript to censor myself.
For my next mystery, I’ll know the rules and abide by them. Lusty thoughts between Jazzi and Ansel will be monitored. This time, I have to find them and think of creative rewrites. Once I get through the pages I already have, then I can finish the manuscript. That’s another 20,000 words where everything builds to a climax, then gets solved and wrapped up.
I’m ready to be a boring person, sitting in front of my computer for hours a day again. It feels good to settle into my writing groove. However you write, I hope you find your flow.
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