This week, I’ve been continuing my revisions on Arrowsong and, to be honest, I was losing inspiration a little. I’m deep into the middle section, wrestling with wonky structure, clunky prose, and errant characters, and I am so, so ready to be finished.
Earlier tonight, though, I had a bit of a read back over the first few chapters. Although they are still far from perfect, they are so much better than they were, than they could have been even a year ago, and it gives me heart to see how much my writing has improved, how much this story has improved. So while I’m still eager to be Done so I can Move On, I’ve shrugged off the revision weariness and I’m ready to battle on.
Today’s WIPpet (hosted by the talented Emily Witt) is from the 5th scene of Arrowsong. This scene was really, really picked apart and now barely resembles the scene it was. Along the way, a lovely side to Kara emerged, one that I had only glimpsed before but never truly seen.
Kara smiled, the beat of the drums syncing with her heart. Dance. Dance and forget what is coming. She headed for the staircase, a smile spreading across her lips. Her slippered feet glided across the marble floor and she lifted her chin. Make the best of it, she promised herself. And if all else fails, dance.