As I have observed, summer is not the time I am most prolific as a writer. And this summer has been less so than usual.
It's hard enough when your schedule changes, with family out of school and everybody home. Instead of sending people off to school, then settling down to write in the empty house, I have to accommodate other people's schedules and presence. It's hard under the best of summer circumstances to get three or four or more hours in the chair, uninterrupted, every day.
I have thought about it quite a bit, but haven't written a word. But that's got to stop. I have work to do. So I'm back on the beat, so to speak. For now, I've decided to put up the story I thought I would be writing this summer and get back to Scurvy Dogs! Time for the second draft.
I have been playing it over in my mind for several weeks and I know what needs doing. It's just a matter of doing it. And this log is part of doing that work. There are a couple of minor tweaks to the story, and a couple of major changes. The general idea is good. but I need to raise the stakes. Not just by making the action more dangerous and the drama more compelling, but changing some of the relationships in the story.
I also realized there was a scene I had envisioned very early in the writing that was going to be great, very touching and at the same time very funny, and I completely forgot to include it in the first draft! Completely!
Scurvy Dogs! is going to be good. But it'll never be worth a damn if I don't sit down and get plugging. So I'm back on the job.