From Slow Crawl to Stop 1


Days to Dallas: Too few. All right to be technical about it, I’ve now got:

90 days
2163 hours
129805 minutes

Over one month ago – March 10th to be exact – I was given a suggestion of changing my first-draft ms from a straight historical romance to a paranormal. I thought about it for a few days and decided, yes, there were a lot of elements there that could be used. It wouldn’t take much to adjust it – most of the story could be used but some elements could be added to enhance it. So I metaphorically cracked my knuckles and started in on editing.

When I first wrote the first draft, I maintained a rate of 2500 – 3000 words per day. With this version? I’ve rewritten the first chapter at least eight times before I felt I could move on. I’m now at page 64, for a total word count of 14 000. It took me four days to do reach that number on last version. And an entire month this time.

ARRRRGHHH

The characters are built, the world is built, so why is it giving me so many problems?

Don’t get me wrong, I LIKE the story, I think it has a lot of potential and it’s fun playing with the paranormal elements. But I’m finding I’m writing a whole new manuscript and not bringing anything from the old one in. As BlueSue has suggested, I’m probably going to end up with two finished first drafts – two totally different stories. She’s right. And you know, I’m all right with that but what is it about that that’s making me wander away from it? Why am I not concentrating on it? Why am I finding myself wandering back to my gmail, and reading other people’s blogs instead of concentrating on the story?

Get your head in the game, Leah!


One thought on “From Slow Crawl to Stop

  • Sue L

    Argh!! I know, I know Iknow Iknow iknowniknowiknow…. *sigh*

    I’d be excited to see you end up with two completed novels, and I think you will. I don’t know what it is that blocks up the creativity. I’m finding more and more that I can draft but the editing just gets to be agonizing.

    Candy Havens posted in her writeworkshop yesterday about just pushing through when you get to a tough section. it’s hard.

    You and I have both been there, I guess all authors go through it, but I sure wish someone would find an *easy* answer!

    Sue L

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