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Against my will

July 8, 2010

I hate it when this happens.  When writing projects conspire with each other and mutiny against my schedule, demanding at gunpoint that they be written in their own preferred order.  I hate it.  But I have submitted to their demands.

I have a vampire funeral story (yep, you heard right) that has been demanding to be written.  With the coming of Halloween anthologies, I gave in.  Ah, the story needed the Halloween tie in.  Damn, I’ll never be able to work on a deadline.

The novel is actually making progress, but not the direction I wanted.  I need a good leaping transition to get past the boring stuff.  Unfortunately I’ve buried myself in a scene that I can’t seem to escape.  That means backtracking and a lot more telling.  I need to squish five pages into three paragraphs.  To do so, I need to step away from the story.  I probably should jump to a later part of the story, like the part I feel rushed to be telling, but the vampire cries louder.  He does not, however, sparkle.

This story shouldn’t take more than a few days.  I hope to be back on the novel by Monday.  I wish I could dedicate more time to it in the next few days, but I have a trip to a state park tomorrow and my wife is shooting a wedding on Saturday.  *sigh*

I’m also going on vacation next week.  Like Nobu, I’m bringing my laptop.  However I don’t have any word count goals for the days we’re gone.  But if I don’t get moving on this novel, my first draft won’t be done before school starts and I sure won’t have a decent draft by the end of August.  I need to get my @$$ in gear.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2010 3:27 pm

    Keep truckin, Scott! You kin du eet!

    In all seriousness, though, there’s still time left in the summer to do writing aplenty, so don’t get discouraged. It just takes that little extra willpower.

    I, too, am having the misfortune of my stories dictating the order in which I write them. The ‘easier’ stories get written first, and then the more challenging stories–the ones that I’m also the most excited about–get put on the back-burner for a couple weeks. I hate it.

    At least the ideas keep coming, right? Once that first draft’s done, the hard part is over.

  2. July 11, 2010 3:05 pm

    Eh, I’m not getting that much done yet. A few thousand words so far, but the turtles keep making me want to go snorkel more 🙂 Got a bad sunburn though, so I’ll be taking today to stay in the shade and write.

    Good luck with the novel on your own vacation, Oso 🙂 Any words written is more than you had before 🙂

  3. Tuch permalink
    July 12, 2010 9:19 am

    I’m sure you’ll hit your stride with the novel soon enough. Honestly, I wish I had enough great story ideas to the point where they became distracting. I’ve finally started my novel, I’m only about 3500 words in but I’m aiming for about 60,000 and I have the framework all laid out. Best of all I have a few characters I pirated from an old shorty story of mine that I really love, so that makes it easier as well. Best of luck getting your work done on vacation, that’s never easy.

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