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As Writers Do

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As writers, we find ourselves on an unusual path for we are solely responsible for our success. We forego the ability to follow a set of written rules to produce solid work and instead must rely on the power of our minds and imaginations. For the past six months, I have been powering through my novel. Every spare hour has been spent writing, every scrap of paper or available note pad has been covered in ink and I find myself at an impasse. With the first half of the novel all but complete, I have hit a major wall. Worse, I have no explanation. I know exactly where I’m taking the book, I have a hand drawn map of exactly the who, what, when, where, why and hows of the narrative and yet I am stumped.

Imagine a kitchen, and you’re a making a meal you are in love with. Half way through, the bag of rice splits and pours all over the floor, the grains bouncing around and spreading far and wide. You want to keep cooking, but the rice is crunching under your feet and you know you have to clean it up before you can continue. That is exactly how I feel. I feel this compulsion to edit the first half of my book before I continue, effectively “cleaning up the rice” because I want the first half honed and set in my mind in order to produce an amazing second act so to speak.

But this is a semi confusing process as the more I edit, the more I question the work, the more I question the work, the further the rice spreads. Alternatively I could scrap the edit, power through and finish the book and then have the editing workload upon me towards the end. A fellow blogger and writer Don Massenzio  once told me that the work load of the editing process got easier with every book he published. I look forward to the day this “rice” stress is lessened and I can focus on the writing more.

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4 thoughts on “As Writers Do

  1. Yeah, I remember the editing stage of my first book, and it was definitely harder for that than I am finding it now, on my 3rd book. Also, I don’t know if this will help, but I find that when I’m at an impasse/mental block, I just go back over the previous chapter and read through and edit it, and by the time I finish it, the next part has become clear in my mind. I know exactly how to proceed.
    I have just finished the final edit and typo check of my current book and have had no luck with the whimsical agents, and so in the next few days I’m about to begin my next book. I can’t wait. Each book I’ve done has become easier and easier, and each has required less editing than the last.
    So, hold in there, try a few tricks to get moving again. Edit the whole first half if you feel you have to before moving on, or try going over just a chapter or two, or maybe just continue from where you’re up to and write the second half down really quickly and roughly, just to get it out. πŸ™‚

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    • This is lovey advice, thank you! It’s so nice to hear from other writers. I have the whole day off on Thursday so I am going to go to a cafe at the break of dawn and I am not leaving until I have either finished editing or have been admitted for caffeine overdose. I am determined! Great to hear from you!

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  2. I love writing whats in my head specially while I travel, Writing a novel must be an amazing thing to do, personally I don’t think I have that gift, but I have a lot of respect for people like you, who can do it!:)

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    • Thank you so much! I’m still plodding along, some days better than others. I think if you can take an idea and develop it even into a few thousand words, you’ve got your start! Patience and practice! I’m sure you could do it if you put your mind to it πŸ™‚

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