But that’s all it is. A draft. An extremely rough ROUGH draft. As in it’s got a start, a middle, a black moment, and an end. Oh, and sex. The characters are all there, but I know there are huge spots where I need to layer them. Add more description. Flesh out the scenes in a helluva lot more depth.
In other words, it’s no where near ready to be seen by anyone yet. Now this happened with Personal Protection and it took me another month, maybe, to get it to a point where I wasn’t cringing when I looked at it. I can only hope it won’t take me that long with Andy’s story.
Trouble is, after that massive writing sprint last week, I almost feel like I’m now completely worn out even thinking about these characters. But the clock is ticking and with conference season approaching, I feel like I should just finish the damned thing and get it sent off before my editor disappears beneath a ton of traveling and submissions from conference attendees.
I think I have to remember some advice I gave Marley a while back. Sometimes it’s overwhelming looking at the entire project and you panic, thinking “There’s no way I’ll ever finish this, it sucks, it’s crap, why do I try?” I told her “you just have to pick a single scene to work on and concentrate only on that scene. Then when you’re done, work on the next one, then the next one.” It sounds good when I give that advice to others. Why can’t I take it myself?
Oh, and one of the ways I’ve distracted myself today? Guitar Hero and Curly showed me these videos from a British program called “Extra” with Ricky Gervais. The first one is with Sir Ian McKellen on his acting process in Lord of the Rings. The second is of him with Patrick Stewart and a script Patrick Stewart is writing. Hilarious. Especially when Ricky asks Patrick Stewart about the narrative of the script. Some days I feel the same way …