Completing what I Began

Journal

Dear Friend,

These past few weeks prior to June 10, I was frustrated at myself for having such a terrible second draft. Although I was still in its final section Part 4, I thought the entire rewrite itself appeared more of a first draft than a second because I found myself still exploring my plot, characters, and themes. When two ideas for new projects came, I had happily licked them up, desiring to leave my rewrite for them. I thought, I’ll draft my new project first and then I’ll return to redo my rewrite from the beginning.

But

He said otherwise. I need to finish my rewrite no matter how bad it is. He never gave up on dying for me, a sinner; and He never gave up on changing me, a person full of flaws.

The Train blew its horn and lurched forward again.


Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train



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Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she has lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Besides writing, she loves to wash dishes, chop ingredients into smithereens, and record hymns on her piano. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry or read more posts.

My First Rewriting of Book B

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Dear Friend,

Thus, I started rewriting Book B.


“Why didn’t you work on Book A first?” you may ask.

After reading through my first drafts of both books, I knew how and what the story of Book B will shape itself into. This did not occur to Book A. Instead of forcing myself to rewrite Book A, I left it as it is. It lacked theme and its story felt forced. An experienced author advised me that if I were in this situation, the best action to do is to leave it. Days will go by and my mind will change. Perhaps, the Conductor has not yet taught me the aspect(s) I needed for Book A.

I opened a blank word processor in my laptop, typed the title and stared at the white canvas for the next several minutes. I knew the opening scene, yet I had no idea what my first word or sentence would be. My mind was both filled and blank, a paradox, that is.


Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train



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Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she has lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Besides writing, she loves to wash dishes, chop ingredients into smithereens, and record hymns on her piano. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry or read more posts.

Dear Friend, the Aftermath

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from reading my first drafts was unsightly, yet my eyes sparkled. Instead of reading everything within a few days, I trudged through it, taking me more than a week. No, I was not reading it slowly. I read it quickly, yes, to have a plane’s view of it. Reading them was terrible, but dreaming of the possibilities of what if was not.

I am excited to rewrite, but first things first, second things second, third things third and fourth things fourth; I have to complete two outlines of the first drafts, draw out timelines, write down the possibilities into the drafts and perhaps, create two new outlines. Hmmm. . . Maybe without the new outlines.

Update: The Conductor has other plans.


Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train



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Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she has lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Besides writing, she loves to wash dishes, chop ingredients into smithereens, and record hymns on her piano. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry or read more posts.

And Another Challenge Commences

Journal

Dear Friend,

Today, I started the process for the second draft. This meant reading through drafts of Books A and B, writing down changes on my hard copies and rewriting everything on a blank word processor.


Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train



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Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she has lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Besides writing, she loves to wash dishes, chop ingredients into smithereens, and record hymns on her piano. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry or read more posts.

Delaying Rather than Temporizing

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Dear Friend,

Unable to formulate Short Story A’s results after reading its drafts, I chose to edit it alongside its sequel, Book A, when the Conductor says the time is right. Forcing myself to implement decisions may reap dire consequences on my characters and on both stories.

Perhaps, I have not learnt what I needed to learn yet for it to move forward.


Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train



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Clarissa Choo is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she has lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Besides writing, she loves to wash dishes, chop ingredients into smithereens, and record hymns on her piano. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry or read more posts.