Friday, April 1, 2011

Putting One Word After Another

It is a strange feeling to get just past the middle of an 80K work in progress and realize how many things you are going to have to fix already.  It put me at a standstill for a while.  I would sit down and try to write and either not be able to put much through the keyboard or I just didn't like what I wrote at all.  I was starting to feel very disconnected from the story and the characters and couldn't even remember some of the chapters I had written already.  When I whined to my peeps they all said I should just push through and keep writing, that I can always go back and fix things.  Not exactly the answer I wanted to hear but after the third person said it I figured I should at least give it a try.

This week I organized my schedule better than usual and I made a decision to sit down and write whatever I could find it in myself to work on.  Since I was really frustrated with a couple of chapters of the book that I wasn't having much success with, I picked up in a part of the story that I already had a pretty good vision for in my head. For me that's a jump because I can be quite linear about writing what comes first before writing what comes next.  There's something to be said for moving out of one's comfort zone because surprise of surprises, I actually got something done.  I'm not saying I wrote 5000 words (which I've never done in one day anyway), but I am well into a chapter and still moving forward.

So it proves that my writing friends were right.  Just keep on putting one word after another and breathe in and breathe out, and eventually it starts flowing again.


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