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11 November 2013 @ 08:30 pm
i hate writing. :p  

What is that saying, an author is someone who hates writing more than other people? Yeah. Like that. :p

I’ve cut about 15 of the 45 pages I had on this stupid book, and probably have more or less figured out how to fix the next bit, which will return us to our regularly scheduled whatever, not that there’s been any regularly scheduled writing this year. (I said something about writing and my father, ingenuously, said, “Oh, writing? Is that what you do?” :/)

On the positive side, I guess, is that I’ve probably got it figured out and I’ve cut a lot of dead weight out of the opening chapters, and also, as my mother points out, this is pretty well par for the course. Most books take some kind of miserable rejiggering, although the first need to refigure usually comes a bit later in the book for me.

Also on the positive side is that a friend of mine who normally writes comics made sympathetic noises while I was whinging about this on Twitter, and said she’d stubbed her toe on a plot hump in her own (first) novel and had been afraid to go anywhere near it since, figuring that she’d just flat-out broken it because she didn’t know what she was doing, so we’re gonna have a brainstorm about that because of course it’s not really hopelessly broken, it’s just a different kind of writing than what she’s used to and she’s unaccustomed to the usual lumps of novel writing. So at least my muttering and sniveling has actually proven helpful to someone.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on November 11th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Your muttering and sniveling always inspires me :-)
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on November 11th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
I hate it too. I hate doing what you are having to do right now. It sucks. I also hate the horrible slog that is the middle of almost any book, which is what I am doing right now. Plod, plod, plod, creep in this petty pace to the last syllable of recorded whatever.

kitmizkit on November 12th, 2013 08:22 am (UTC)
Ugh. The part where it just keeps going on forever and ever and it is never ever going to end even though you've been working on it so long it seems like, for the love of all that is merciful, you should be DONE ALREADY and WHY WON'T IT END. I call that the Novelist's Event Horizon, where the end is always the same distance away no matter how much work I do, until it is finally suddenly over and you've been crushed in a black hole.