Sometimes, especially when I'm struggling with a story, I have to write myself notes to keep myself on-track. For some reason, I write them in ALL CAPS. I'm not sure if I'm yelling at myself, drill-sergeant-style, or if I simply want to differentiate them from the rambling prose and notes on either side of these clarion calls in my manuscript. For RESTORE (Stories of Singularity #1) - which I'm polishing up to send out today - here are my notes:
WRITE THE STORY
GO BACK AND DO A VOICE EDIT – CLEAR OUT THE UNNECESSARY STUFF, TIGHTEN IT UP
LOOK OVER FIRST CHAPTER FEEDBACK FROM GROUP
GO BACK AND DO A TECH EDIT – ONLY ADD IN WHERE ENHANCES
WATCH BIG HERO 6
STAY TRUE TO YOUR OWN VISION
That last one - so important. No matter how far you are down the path, writer-friends, trust your own vision and work to make it show up on the page. If you don't fight for the vision of your work, no one will.