Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Progress Post: Reincarnation

I was doing so well in February. I'd written over 50,000 words, and I could see the end of the book in sight. I knew where I wanted to end it, what needed to happen in the meantime, and what the characters would do about it.

But, somehow, finishing became less of a priority in March. I have a bunch of excuses. Hunger Games came out this month, and I had to go see a midnight premiere with my friends. A friend from Kentucky came to visit, and it would've been rude to sit here typing while she occupied my living room. (Which didn't keep me from surfing the internet while she occupied my living room, by the way.) I picked up a hellish chest cold that had me spending a lot more time sleeping than usual. There weren't any write-ins (because I get so much done during write-ins, lemme tell ya). My husband picked up Disgaea 4, the latest in a video game series to which I am horribly addicted.

Those are all excuses. There is no real reason why a document that was about 90,000 words long at the end of February is only 115,245 words long now. That's a terrible output. Sure, it's better than nothing, but I can do better. What happened to writing every night and keeping up the momentum, anyway?

I know what happened to it, actually. What happened is that I wimped out on my own edict, and suddenly couldn't face putting my main character through what she was about to experience. Book 2's antagonist has a lot of hype to live up to in the book and a half I spend introducing him, and he's even worse than my protagonist expected. While I can't wait for her to emerge, victorious, first I have to get her through the impetus to take a suicidal risk. It's harder than I expected.

I'll get through it, and hopefully we won't be far into April before I tweet that I'm done with this monster. I'm cringing thinking about how much I'm going to have to edit it back down, but, one thing at a time.

6 comments:

  1. uhhh..yeah that was BAD. You should..um, do more!

    : quietly sliding her half obliterated copy of Hunchback under the bed and winces as the dog begins to slobber on it :

    yeah...no more blowing off your book. : gulp :

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    1. Heh. I regularly make my writing group feel bad by obliterating my writing goal. That I didn't even come CLOSE to writing daily this month had a lot of them feeling better about their goals and progress.

      So, uh, yay?

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  2. Aw, don't be so hard on yourself. Everyone knows I'm the ultimate distraction anyway. ;) Next time I'll bring some camo to wear...you won't even know I'm there! XD

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    1. True, true.

      Nah, that's just an excuse. If I'd really been determined to write, I would've. I've had way more going on in my life before, and managed to make it a priority.

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  3. 25k is still a lot of words, woman!
    But you know you're in avoidance, it's just a matter of getting your butt in the chair and getting it done. I know how it is. I avoided the end of my book for Scarecrow & Mrs. King. LOL *blush*
    YOU CAN DO THIS!

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    1. Heh. Thanks. I'm not sure where those 25K came from. I guess from before my momentum fizzled.

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