I seem to have run into a new (for me) writing problem lately. After being almost beaten to death in the latest round of editing a particularly argumentative and abusive manuscript, I find myself handcuffed during my attempt at setting down a sequel. Let me explain.
My normal method of writing usually involves a simple idea or two. I might even already know what the ending will look like. If I’m lucky, I might even (whoa, cancel “even”) have a rough glimpse of events that may happen on route to getting there. I turn on the laptop, sit down, and start playing with the keyboard. I usually have (replace “have”) to set a timer so I know enough to take a break after an hour. Words just flow out and before I know it (what do I know?) I’ve knocked off a chapter or two and it’s (not again!) time for coffee.
Not this week. I start creating, and then stop. Go back and search for those ugly words I tend to overuse (like “then”). I check religiously for really naughty “ly” adverbs, watch out for words I may have used twice on the same page, and before the paragraph is finished, it’s break time. (Sorry, I mean the time has come for a break.) I’m so confused.
How many times have I re-read the last page? I have lost count. (I’ve lost count? misplaced count?) I should be working on chapter six at my usual head-long pace. Instead, I’m still back at chapter one, page one. What am I going to do? I boasted I’d have this project done/finished/completed by year-end.
After long and serious consideration, I’m leaning toward the only solution I can think of. I may just/simply decide to ignore the rules of good/decent/adequate writing and simply/just go for it. (go for a wrap?) I believe/think the only sane solution is to write the beast down as fast as I can. Once it/the project is finished I can have a piece of dark chocolate and a glass of red wine, and commence/begin/think about editing the current monster.
How do the rest of you get through the process? Confused writers want/wish/would like to know.
Coming in May 2015:Alex in Wanderland,The Dark Lady Trilogy
The Queen’s Pawn
The Housetrap Chronicles