Working Hours

By the time this post goes live, I would’ve finished the revisions for my latest manuscript, which means that it would be (God willing) one step closer to publication. This also means that I had spent more than a month revising a manuscript that, frankly, needed all the work.

But that’s not the reason why it took too long. 
A lot of other things happened in the last six weeks. I was out of commission for a week because of my allergies. I had to accompany my father to the doctor’s clinic several times. At one point I even went through extreme depression, and while I’m no longer as down on myself as I was at that time, I can’t say for certainty that I’m 100% okay right now, either. 
So when did I find time to write? 
The short version was that I threw away my usual schedule and started revising whenever I found the time to do it–not just during the evening, but also in the afternoon (preferably with a good cup of milk tea) and sometimes even in the morning. But the truth is that I had to psych myself a whole lot to get over my misery and just get to work. 
When I wasn’t working on the computer, I was taking notes by hand. I printed out a lot of my problematic scenes from my manuscript, and not just the steamy ones. I went to town on them using several colored pens before going back to Scrivener, saving the previous draft as a snapshot, and building up the new draft from my notes. I wrote new scenes, new dialogue, new insights into my characters. 
And I ended up with a manuscript that was a few scenes short of meeting the 50,000-word limit for the project. Talk about determination. 
I don’t know what’s going to happen to this story, or if I want to talk about it when the final decision gets handed down. What I do know is that I’m going to move on from this, and work on the next project to keep me busy. That’s the attitude that I have to keep up these days, just to keep myself sane and healthy. 
Onward and forward–until the next deadline comes along. 

Love, Stella

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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