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24 March 2008 @ 02:21 pm

I have reached the part of the book where I’m quite certain nothing I’ve written hangs together, that it’s all a bunch of drifty crap that has no integral structure, where the end is so far away that it will never actually be reached but I’m really more than ready to be done writing, and I just know that when I turn this disasterous lump into my editor she’s going to first weep, then try to gently break it to me that my career is over and I should make haste in finding a job shoveling elephant shit, because it’s certain to be less awful than what I’ve just written.

The fact that this is the sixteenth novel I’ve written, and that this happens every time, assures me that not only am I wrong, but having reached this stage means everything’s probably going just fine.

Oddly enough, I do not find that at all reassuring, and am looking for travelling circuses with whom to put in a resume…

(x-posted from the essential kit)
debela on March 24th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, 'finding a job shoveling elephant shit' is a sufficiently eloquent phrase that it makes me want to suggest you write books or something!
Laura Anne Gilman: my jobsuricattus on March 24th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
*nods like a nodding thing*

Right now I'm in the wheee! this is fun! stage. I'm trying to hold onto that as long as I can, because the elephant crap stage is sure to follow...
suzanne mcleodsuzannemcleod on March 24th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
*hugs* and of course, you are totally right, the book will be wonderful, as all the rest have been ;) so the circus will just have to do without you.

And thanks for sharing, it's great for a newbie to know that those horrible ugghh feelings aren't just limited to when you are new (although I haven't got your experience to fall back on, so maybe I'll just go hide in a corner until my editor tells me she hasn't been weeping at my latest offering ...)

S. L. Grayshadowhwk on March 24th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, the dread elephant crap stage. My favorite!

You will make it through, m'darlin, and smell nice when you get to the other side.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on March 24th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I direct you at this article: http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/2191/Entertainment-Animals-CIRCUSES.html (look for Elephants). You don't want that job.
Brian: Bunny: readinglogrusboy on March 24th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sure this one will suck just as badly as all the others. :P
cinnamonbitecinnamonbite on March 24th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Elephants? You'd just be working for peanuts.

Couldn't resist.
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kitmizkit on March 26th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
*laughs* A compelling argument, that. *laughs* :)