So what will I be doing today? Reconstructing my work. I only lost 1,300 words, but I remember being quite pleased with some of those passages!
Please don't leave comments about backing up my work. I already know all about it (I have about 6 different forms of backing up my work!), how to do it, and why I should. This was simply the one time I forgot, and I'll be looking into one of those online programs that backs up your documents automatically.
Anyway, this all makes me think of memory.
If you had to rewrite your entire novel, would you? Could you? I've actually done this when I decided to rewrite my entire novel, Monarch, earlier in the year. It took me 3 months. And although I began by opening up a fresh document, I still had my old document to refer to for all the great lines I had before. I'm going to conduct an experiment for us today! Let's test that writerly memory of yours...
Spring had melted into summer by the time she made it back to the meadow. The grass was thick and green, cool on her neck when she lay down. She stared up at the sky, the branches with their crisp new leaves, the birds chattering around her.This is a small passage of what I remember writing and losing. I've quickly typed it out of my head, but I don't think it's anywhere near what it was before. Still, I suppose, the basic idea is there. The problem is that I fall in love with my writing not only for what happens, but how I say things, and when I lose all of that, it's a bit disheartening.
When he appeared, his clothes were new, lighter, his suede boots making no sound as he walked. Small white flowers were still in his hair, like the stars echoed in his eyes.
"Did you remember me?" he asked.
She nodded as he helped her to his feet, his fingers long and slender. He led her to a path she had never seen before, and told her to remove her shoes. The dirt was soft between her toes. The world began to sing.
My challenge to you is: Without re-reading it, retype the first paragraph into the comments section strictly from memory. See how well you do. Maybe you'll come up with something better. Please try! Addendum: Okay, you can re-read it and then go try and type it in the comments.
I will choose a random winner from the entries for a first-page critique by me of either a short story or novel or poem or whatever you're working on. I will choose the winner Monday morning, the 19th.
Also, I'm published today! This helps alleviate my pain. Go to the Rose & Thorn journal to check out my flash-fiction piece, This.