It’s time

Otto woke me up around 6:00 this morning by putting his huge wet head across my forehead. When he gets like this, it’s usually best to get up and feed him,

After dog chores, and making a bit of coffee, I headed for the writing cabin.

I radioed ahead and Lisa was ready for me. She already had her pirate gear on. I breezed past her and made for my office.

After a quick check of social media, and baseball standings, I stared up into a pair of malignant black eyes.

Doubt opened his wings and sailed off his perch, landing on my desk. He made one of those guttural throaty noises only a raven can make.

“I get it,” I said. “It’s time to get on with it.” I opened up the manuscript for Voyage of the Lanternfish.

Doubt croaked at me as I read the first page. I found a couple of wordy passages and fixed them.

These weren’t direct enough, and the repairs helped me get into a deeper point of view.

I kept going.

Doubt interrupted me a few places, and I gave most passages a second thought. I didn’t fix many.

“Not this time, buddy. I have a lot of things to doubt in my life, but this manuscript isn’t one of them. I like this story, and you aren’t going to cloud it up for me this time.”

I kept moving. By the time the day ended, I’d moved through 187 pages. This likely doesn’t mean much, because all writers write differently. My style is a lot of white space on the page. I’ll likely have more pages than some other author.

It took most of the day, but it was a good day. Doubt tried his best to put me off his game, but it didn’t work.

I have tomorrow off too, and intend to keep going. This is a good story, and I want to have it ready as soon as I recover a bit of promotion money.

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29 responses to “It’s time

  1. Can’t you get some sun flower seed for Doubt and busy him out.

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  2. Scarecrows don’t help with Doubt, huh?

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  3. I love how you’ve given Doubt a persona but I’m all for banishing him too. Sounds like a good day. Press on!

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  4. Glad to hear you had a good day. Hope tomorrow goes smoothly, too.

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  5. Awesome day. I’m envious…I mean happy for you. Ditch the doubt and carry on.

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  6. I’m glad doubt wasn’t able to cloud your mind with this one, and look forward to when it’s finished, and funds will allow you to publish it.

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  7. Don’t you just love it when things come together, despite doubt sticking his nose in!

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  8. I could tell you to have confidence in your writing and ignore doubt, but you wouldn’t listen because it is in most of our natures to question ourselves and our work until it is validated by outside persons and even then one bad review undermines 20 good ones. I am sure your book is excellent, Craig, just like the others that I have read.

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  9. I’m with John – give Doubt some sunflower seeds and shove him in a corner.

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  10. I loved this post! So perfect to have a raven named Doubt “help” you revise. I can empathize.

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  11. I love the raven. I am so glad you don’t cave in to self-doubt.

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