There's 8 days until my final semester begins and I remembered I made goals so I wouldn't get unmotivated (I'm told that's important for us that live with depression). Here I am on a high from completing this behemoth story (we're talking from just an idea of a character to writing the last line of the first draft) and I decided to look back at what my original goals were.
I'll admit, I didn't do anything by the specific dates I proposed to myself, but the important thing is I completed them (except for reading Thomas Pynchon). Plus, BONUS, I actually am right on time for editing and revising my manuscript!
I took my 30 page story down to 20- ish pages, I fleshed out a first draft that had gotten away from me, and I found that I do like revising!
I've taken to looking at it as an arts and crafts project and get a kick out of taking whole sections and changing the order. I used to look at revising as just cutting out unnecessary stuff and making it sleeker. But, now it's like a process that creates an even better story from what I initially laid down. I know my characters better and I know what needs to be brought to the forefront and what needs to be considered background noise.
I'm excited to finally get this all done because I know a big accomplishment is waiting at the end. I'm also excited because I got to watch a ton of Netflix shows I was behind on and even found new ones! I binged Grace and Frankie in 2 days and then got to watch the new season too! Full disclosure: I'm re-bingeing the series.
I just wanted to write a little blurb and celebrate my ability to finish a ridiculous amount of goals I set for myself in a month! Onward!