ROW80LogocopyWell, it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve blogged, but here I am. It’s hard to believe that it’s June and the second round of ROW80 is almost at an end.

Here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple weeks:

Took a trip to Missouri to visit friends. I finally got to see the Mississippi River (I’ve seen it from a plane, but never stood on its banks). We hiked, watched movies, played board games—lots of frugal fun.

Finished the read-through of “Made of Shadows.” It’s going to be a difficult revision because the style of the story is so much different from what I’m writing now—it’s darker, edgier, and the stuff I’m writing now is sweeter, lighter. So I’m taking some time to figure out what to do with that story.

I have a rule that if I’ve spent more than a week spinning my wheels on a story, I switch to something else for a little while. This not only helps me stay productive, it also helps me step back from the story I’m stuck on and get a fresh perspective. Sometimes distance can bring clarity to the writing process. That being said, I’ve started working on the second draft of a story I wrote earlier this year, “A Prince in Patience Point” (formerly titled “Be True”). I have some exciting places I want to take this story, so I’m glad to be working on it.

I haven’t been blogging or doing as much social media as usual. House stuff has taken up a lot more time than I anticipated, and then it’s hard to get back into the routine after you’ve taken a social-media break, but I’d like to get back to blogging twice a week and checking in daily on social media.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

What about you? How is your summer going? Have you ever tried to revise a story you wrote long ago, only to realize how much you’ve changed as a writer? What did you do?

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