I lay down for a brief nap in the afternoon, hoping it’ll refresh me enough to keep powering through editing. But as I lay there, breathing deeply and telling my muscles to relax, an idea starts rolling through my thoughts. It’s persistent and intriguing.
“You’re a steel dragon with marble eyes, strong claws, and long-plated wings that promise to carry you to new and exciting places. All of which would be fantastic except for one persnickety defect. You zap people unexpectedly when they touch you. And now you’ve been thrown out and are hiding beneath the dumpster…”
You see, I’ve been trying to formulate the cover text for Zap Dragon for weeks but nothing felt quite right. Then, as I lay there, this starts taking shape. Just like I wrote last week, the brain’s a crazy thing that grows stronger with use. I’ve been demanding editing and writing from mine for the last three months. A steady routine of putting words on paper and then analyzing if those words say exactly what I want them to. I’m not sure if the above will be the final cover text but it’s a start!
With the daily exercise, just like working out, my brain has finally flipped from resisting the tedium of the work to popping up with random moments of epiphany like this one.
All that to say again, persistence does pay off. If you’re struggling with whatever you’re trying to accomplish right now, keep at it. There’s hope even in the muddle!
P.S. The developmental edit of HMII is finished! I’m about to hand it off to some Alpha readers. Now it’s time to jump into the personal edit of Zap Dragon 🙂