While I was on vacation (more on that later), I finally read Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. I’ve been trying for years, and for some reason, I couldn’t get through the first section.

I finished it last night, and I definitely was inspired. I think it was the sheer bulk of backstory for nearly every character that did it. I have that backstory for my characters, and I’ve shared a lot of it.

Today, I’ve opened the file for the first time in months and revised the first chapter. It’s now organized chaos as the first meeting of Scott and Joe is mixed with some moments of Scott’s past.

I’ve misplaced my outline for other changes throughout. They’ve been on the back burner long enough that I think they can write themselves when I come to them. It’s finally time to see what happens next.

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