Arting Like Rushing Waves

It was a calm day and the waves were barely even waves, they were more like little armies of foaming water racing toward the beach. The water was going in several different directions… the little waves running into each other, some washing back out into the ocean, others rushing forward. It was beautiful, intriguing, and somewhat confusing to me as to why there were waves coming in from at least three different directions. I stood there watching them for a few minutes, delighted at the spectacle. 
I can relate to those multi-directional waves. It seems like every time I shut my eyes to try and go to sleep a whole slew of thoughts race at me from various places. These past few weeks, this last one especially, a whole new world of ideas has opened up for me regarding When Life Hands You Lymes. It’s exciting. And scary. And I know will mean epics amount of work, so therefore rather daunting. Then I hit on an actual line that would work in the “revised” WLHYL and I feel that moment of thrilling happiness that happens when an artist is arting. (Totally proper to say “arting” by the way.) 

I have never been so far into a book (twenty-six months of not-quite daily work) and then decided to do such a huge revamp. Do you know what I remembered though? These changes that I’m thinking about were actually in the original plans for WLHYL, but somewhere during the first draft they were pushed off to the side and forgotten about. It wasn’t until I had beta readers who began to point out the issues that I remembered my plans from way back when and decided to reinstate them into the book. (It’s a lot more complicated than it sounds, by the way.) 
Today I have some travel time and a full battery on the laptop, so I’m planning on hitting it hard (the changes, not the laptop). I’ll be doing all sorts of delightful things like writing out a plot line (yes, yes, I do already have one, but I need another one for the second plot that’s going to be there), figuring out how many words need to be deleted, and lots of brainstorming. I also have thousands upon thousands of words to get rid of, whole scenes to add, and character development to work on. I wish I could reward myself with donuts, but I’ll stick to listening to cool music instead. 
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What about you? Can you relate to the whole “waves rushing at me from every direction” thing? 

5 thoughts on “Arting Like Rushing Waves

  1. Grace says:

    I thought I was the only person who used “arting” as a verb! 🙂 Yes, I've got some rushing waves, too–mostly in the form of three different books I could be working on right now. But I think I'd rather have too many waves than none at all.

    Thanks for your consistent sharing. You're doing good work!


  2. Zachary M. says:

    Love the wave metaphor, and I can tell you that the feeling isn't confined “arting.” (Props for the creative verb: Merriam-Webster disagrees that it exists, but don't we need something shorter than “engaging in artistic pursuits”?) Entrepreneurship quite often feels the same way, perhaps even more so. And of course, if I ever run out of things to think about, there's always my own “arting,” currently on the back burner. 🙂


  3. Aidyl Ewoh says:

    Yes, I agree: having too many waves is better than none at all. Working on three different books at the same time sounds like a lot to keep track of! I think I've done that a time or two, but generally I try and stick to one or two different books, in addition to my series I do on my blog. 🙂


  4. Aidyl Ewoh says:

    Ah yes, I've discovered that Merriam-Webster and I have had many areas to disagree… In books I generally try and act all proper with my word usage, but in real life and my blog? Not so much. 🙂 And yes, I get what you're saying about the Entrepreneurship… I hope you some day do get to that “arting” that's on the back burner. 🙂


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