Dalton Diaz will tell you we first got to know each other over paint brushes. Fortunately, she did the cutting in and I did the easy part.
Recently, for some insane reason, I decided to paint the guest room by myself. My hubby's busy with work, so he bought me tools. Everything he could think of to make it easier. So, why am I still making a mess? I've hit the ceiling twice, and the idea of an accent wall is out since the adjoining walls are sporting the same dots of Pueblo Sand. Oh dear.
SO what does this have to do with writing? Ever had a manuscript with a couple of boos on the ceiling? Maybe something you thought would only need a tweak or two, but when you step back and look at it, suddenly you realize it needs to be completely revamped? Yup. Me too.
I had written 3/4 of a novella last year. When I was given some tight deadlines for other projects, I put it aside. Now I've finished all three novels (Yay!) so I'm going back to finish this novella. I have a new publishing target for it too.
I took a quick look at it and uh-oh. Here's a boo boo, there's a boo boo. Everywhere a boo boo. Have I improved that much or was I rushing to get it done? Like the painting job...
Yeah, I have a deadline for painting. My family reunion on Sept 5th. It's my turn to host. suddenly we're revamping the house like crazy. We replaced the horrible bright blue laminate counter tops in two of the bathrooms with granite and under-mount sinks. A better quality product. Gone are the bright brass light fixtures. Yesterday I bought a gorgeous new mirror to replace the builder grade plain one.
Back to writing...
My new publishing target seems to require a better quality finished product as well. That means I can't leave a weak streak here or a smudge there. Fortunately, I have time. I love not having deadlines. e-publishing is awesome in that way. I like taking my time and getting the details right.
But just like there comes a time when a room needs to be repainted, there also comes a time when career goals change. Is it scary? Of course. Deadlines were part of my accepting an advance. But I did it. And guess what? I met them...with a little time to spare.
And that's when I decided to pick up the paintbrush and roller. Dang. Well, I surprised myself with a project I was proud of coming in before deadline...maybe I'll be happy with the final result of our guest room.