Last night, I edited two chapters of my manuscript. I am starting to get immersed within my story again, and that is a very good thing. Since I have been away from it. It’s also good to have distance away from the story, looking at it with fresh eyes at the material that I have already written to help find the errors and make sure that the plot is understandable to the reader.
One thing I realized from being away from my story so long is that I need better notes; so I know how to keep things going on within the plot with the new changes, and some of the ideas that I had previously thought about before I became sick. I’m hoping the new software that I using will help with that in the future. And I did make a lot of notes in my previous draft and that is helping quite a bit.
The plot is strong and my cast of characters is developing nicely, but there were some changes that I wanted to make within the story, and I just haven’t found those notes. What I wanted to do is coming back to me, which is a good thing. So what I have learned about this is that I need to make well-detailed notes or have a better outline for future manuscripts. Because when I do get sick it does take a lot out of me physically and mentally, and I need to be prepared for that.
It is November and after a month, allowing my body to heal from my sinus infection and then have a flare-up. I had decided to allow my body to heal before I start to editing process again.
Now, my right hand can now handle spending more time working on the computer. I feel it is time to start working on my manuscript once again and start revisiting the ideas for my plot and my characters.
It is time to read and study my manuscript and edit it again. These characters are worth it because I believe in the story that I am telling.
This week, I will be looking at my notes and rereading what I wrote, and I will do that after hand therapy today.
I am very proud of myself, I finally decluttered my desk! After I released Wednesday’ Topic, and I cleaned my desk by getting rid of things that I didn’t need. It is nice to see that area looking nice and organized too.
When having Rheumatoid Arthritis can make it difficult to clean. For me, I find it easier to do my deep cleaning into sections and then do a maintenance clean, like doing laundry, picking up trash, and putting things away.
After being sick, and dealing with a flare-up, and now, I am behind in my chores. I refused to do the catch-up game, so, I just start where I am at. That helps me not to feel stressed out.
Another, thing that I am doing, if there are items that I no longer need or want I am getting rid of them. That helps me to reduce on the clutter.
It also helps to have realistic expectations of what I can get done in a short time period or during a good day when I have energy.
These are the things that I want to accomplish this week to help me to get back on track with my schedule.
1. Decluttering my bedroom
2. Work on my laundry
3. Read Dune
4. Work on my outline
5. Editing my manuscript
7. Create mock book covers for my outline and manuscript
6. Get back in the routine of exercising
How many lists of things to get to get done helps me to get back on track after dealing with a major infection and having a flare-up. Perhaps, my list of goals will help somebody else dealing with Rheumatoid arthritis.