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Writing Update

Right around April Fool’s Day, I realized I’d spent the past two months writing the wrong book.

Loki Facepalm

That whole plan to get the first draft done during the month of March? Yeah, not so much. The house came down with the plague, I spent three days at a convention, and oh yes, I was writing the wrong book!

That’s a hard call to make. Every time I write a book, there are parts where I feel frustrated and stuck. I wonder whether I’ve gone off the rails. Am I going to reach the end of this manuscript and realize I’ve finally lost whatever writing ability I once had? Etc., and so on. It’s normal. Unpleasant, but normal.

This was different. This was the gradual realization that the setup I’d created would not work for the kind of story I wanted to tell. Both the characters and the plot were wrong for the humor and tone I wanted.

MiB Writing

So I scrapped it.

Yeah, it hurt.

I’m trying to tell myself I haven’t wasted two months of work. I can reuse some parts and pieces from those two months: worldbuilding, character ideas, bits of description, and so on. And I did check a couple of other things off my To Do list, like an essay for FenCon, or adding a Speaking Engagements page to my website. That’s gotta count for something, right?

Ah well. So I’m back to square one. Again. But I think I’m getting closer to what this book needs to be. Hopefully it will all pay off late next year when it comes out.

In the meantime, I’ve got a chapter to finish…

Aragorn - Let's Do This (gif)

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Apr. 6th, 2016 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ouch. I was 32K words into the first Rider book (Baba Yaga #4) when I realized that something was Horribly Wrong. So I rewrote it, only to discover that in fact, I had to scrap huge chunks because it was even more Horribly Wrong than I thought. I took it right back down to 8K words, which hurt like hell. Thankfully, I was able to reuse more than I'd expected, with major surgery, but yes, I feel your pain.

Apr. 6th, 2016 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks. And yeah...it sucks.

On the bright side, I got more than 2000 words done today, including a chapter intro that made me laugh. So that's promising :-)
Apr. 6th, 2016 11:49 pm (UTC)
Woot! That's excellent. I'm trying to get back into the "zone" after having to take a week off to do copy edits on the previous book (otherwise known as the one that tried to kill me) and then screwing up my knee really badly on Saturday.

I'll be pleased if I can do 1,000 words tonight, but I'm aiming at your number.
Apr. 7th, 2016 10:13 pm (UTC)
I managed 1,600 words. But I'm going in again now.
Apr. 6th, 2016 11:16 pm (UTC)
There's a story I've been working on and wondering whether I am in the same boat. I keep getting only so far then hit a wall. I have a plot/timeline, so I know what I wanted to happen, but I can never get past the stuck-ness. So I restart. I'm trying to figure out now if I am telling the wrong story entirely.
Apr. 7th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
It's weirdly reassuring to know that Actual Published Authors go through this too.
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