The Nightly Reflection

Writing long form fiction takes time. Once the pages accumulate, it is difficult to keep track of what needs to be done. We can easily find ourselves rewriting the beginning twenty or thirty pages multiple times. Soon, those pages are solid, but the rest of the work is not there, yet. They, too, require the treatment.

That can be a daunting task.

A nightly reflection is a way to guide tomorrow’s motivation. When we come to our desks, our minds are fresh, but it is easy to use that energy in figuring out where to go next. The first draft, in its own way, is easy enough. That down and dirty foundation only goes in one direction — towards the end.

But after that, when the second and third drafts are being written, a reflection helps to find the next step.

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