Fiction, Novel, Time, Words, Writing

Limping toward home

I fear I’m not going to make my deadline. I hoped to have my novel ready for polishing by the end of June, but it’s been slow going lately. I admire writers who can finish a novel in one-hour sessions carved out of an already full schedule. I can’t do that. I can edit in short spurts, but not write.

It’s not that I have writer’s block. It’s that my fragmented time gives me too much time to think. I think my story might not be strong enough. I think my prose is not up to par. I think I might have too much narrative, not enough narrative, too many details, not enough details, a too weak beginning, a too pat ending.

I hope none of these things are true, but I won’t know until I have time enough to really get back to work. Then I can insert all the fragments of scenes that now reside in “notes”, flesh them out, and see how close I come to reaching the goal of the final 15,000 words needed. Surely, I’ll be finished soon. May the Muse be with me.

5 thoughts on “Limping toward home”

  1. See, Linda, I think we just discovered the difference between you and I. You think. I don’t. That’s why I write super fast. But the other difference between you and I. You think, so your book is way better than any of mine. So keep thinking and keep writing and be your brilliant self. Can’t wait to read more.

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  2. I’m totally suspicious of you, Kasie. I think: Why all the flattery? What does she want from me? 🙂

    Truth is, we all know you’re going to be the next hot YA author! But I promise not to tell anyone you don’t even have to think about it.

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  3. When I write I also don’t think – if I do, I freeze. Nothing comes. I wonder what I am doing! The thinking part, for me, comes after the first draft is complete. But then, what a MESS!
    May the muse be with you! (say I, as I plan my son’s star wars b-day party for this weekend)

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