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I'm only 5 days belated from my goal of finishing this draft by the end of 2019, and I don't think that's bad at all! I even went from 105K words to 93K words, so I am quite proud of myself.
I didn't plan to write a reflection posts, but as I sat in front of my computer this morning and thought about working on the current draft of my novel, my procrastinating brain told me to write a blog post instead. And so, here I am.
Now that I'm nearing the end of this draft, I'm once again thinking about where in the MG/YA spectrum my story really falls.
I often compare the books I read now to the ones I enjoyed before, so I figured I would compile my favourite books here as a reference.
When I was still in school, I had a friend who told me of a proverb about two novice potters. One of them spent an entire month making one pot, trying to get it to be as beautiful as he could. The other one spent one day each month making a different pot, with improvements on the one he made the previous day. In the end, on that final day, both their pots were just as beautiful as each other's. However, one of them had only a single pot, while the other had thirty.
I can't seem to read steadily lately. Either I will gobble up a bunch of books one after the other, or I will have long stretches of reading slump.
It's a little strange to sit down and decide, "Yes, it's time to talk about a character," because a part of me feels like it's still premature. Although my story had already gone through multiple drafts, sometimes I feel like I'm still at that early stage where at any moment, my story can crumble to pieces, and I'd have to make yet another major revision.
Is it too early to start talking about a new story, when I am nowhere near the finish line with The Malicious Wind?
Seeing other artists' process of making artwork is always fascinating to me, so I thought I'd post mine. I'm only an intermediate artist, so this is not going to be as complex as others you might have seen. I think my process is pretty straightforward.