The good news, I suppose, is that I’ve scrambled through the rocks and crevices of my draft story and paused for breath. The trouble is that, as the heading today says, when you reach the top, the only way is down. As anyone with climbing experience, or even just hillwalking, experience will tell you, the way down can be trickier, more dangerous than the way up. The risks to knees and ankles seem to multiply.
Sometimes, too, there are false summits, where you reach the top of the rise that you thought was the summit, but it’s simply one more mirage to frustrate you.
My next move must be to begin again, reading the edited text carefully because my eyes are now tired. My brain is befuddled as a result of all the changes that I’ve made. Is that a mistake that I see or is it a correction that is now consistent throughout? Even though I may have cleared up the worst of the plot problems, I’m aware that my eyes may be more likely to miss the small details, ‘she’s’ when I meant, ‘she’d’ or, ‘were,’ when I meant ‘where.’ Mistakes, in other words that wouldn’t be caught by the spell checker. Punctuation errors are another item likely to be overlooked: missing quotation marks – especially at the end of a few words of direct speech are a good example.
I’ve finished for the day, but I’m not looking forward to tomorrow. When this next read through is complete, as I’ve said previously, I’ll leave the draft alone for a week to ten days so that, when I have my next look, I’ll come to it with fresh eyes. Perhaps that will be a good time to have another look at my first book about Persephone. I enjoyed writing it but I’m aware that there were others who felt that the details about photography were boring and/or the Welsh names of Mountains and places were too much for the brain to take in.
I’m not thinking of simply decluttering the text. There’s a story in there, I’m sure, but I’ve simply not identified it properly. I may not start rewriting that story yet but it will be fun reading it again and trying to see where I really went wrong first time around. Wish me luck!
The featured photograph is an icon for the subject of the text. It depicts to trig point at the summit of Mount Snowdon in North Wales. At the moment unwelcome visitors are flocking to reach it despite the Covid-19 dangers and restrictions. In September 2011 when I first reached this point there were no such problems. I captured the image with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50 compact camera at f/8, 4.6 mm, ISO 100 and shutter speed 1/400.