In addition to the book on communist era women’s organizations, I am also trying to move forward on the manuscript that I produced during my Totally Mad 26-Day writing project using the NaNoWriMo model back in December/January. I produced a hell of a lot of words that are in need of a hell of a lot of editing. The nice thing is that I have a tangible manuscript that is too thick to bind with standard 2 inch binder clips.
My goals for the summer are to work on the Writing Project book while also writing three chapters of the communist women book. I know this is an ambitious, multigraphic goal and that I will probably fail, but I am going to try anyway. Since one project is scholarly and the other project is more creative, I think they can complement each other in important ways. When my brain tires of working in analytic mode (with all those end notes or in text citations) I can switch to a more emotional project that allows me to play with the tools of writing: dialogue, metaphor, foreshadowing and narrative tension.