Stories,  Writing

Did the Eternal Procrastinator break the drought?

I am writing my first novel. (Or is it my first, second or third? I’ll leave that for another post one day…)

So here I am sitting at my laptop waiting for the inspiration to bring me the joy of a completed manuscript. The trouble is that I already have it completed. Well, it is all in outline mode, just minus the detail. The good bits, the story.

I have laboured long and hard over this story. I have pulled it to bits, added words, sentences, scenes and chapters Then I have deleted it all and restarted it a few times over. I have pulled my hair out, screamed at it and gone quite potty trying to figure it all out without a roadmap.

I downloaded software, purchased more and finally I think I am getting somewhere – again! I am not sure, though I could really have done the impossible. I have been promising myself I will finish it this year for the past six years. Of course, five years ago my journey was punctuated with a tedious and scary brush with Breast Cancer. To enhance my journey even more, along came another scary brush with Bowel Cancer. But that was only a little one. although it took almost as long as my previous BC, it was dealt with more expediency than the previous brush.

No more excuses I screamed inside myself. I have simply got to finish this manuscript so I can publish it. I want to do that before the end of this year! So I picked it up last week and had two working free days. That is all day writing days. I achieved much in those two days even though I did no actual writing. I revisited the outline, re-read the chapters, scenes and words, then re-wrote much of what I had written. I was almost finished book 3 when the two days were up. I felt quite happy and had a great sense of achievement by the end of the second day. I went to sleep a happy woman.

So, now I am up to book 4 and there are another two, maybe three books to go. One of them has to be published soon, otherwise, I will have nothing to build up the story, the suspense, the intrigue, or the interest in delivering them to my audience in yearly increments.

So, getting back to book 1 and how it is beginning and ending. I have decided it, though upon reflection yesterday, may have to revisit it as I seem to have two different beginnings to book 2 which clash violently with book 1’s ending. It seems that conflict after conflict is continuing  along the way. I have lost control of it somehow and need to review what I have written so far.

I have the chapters correctly outlined. I am happy with the scenes of most of it. I am just not happy with all of the words. In one chapter, I am not happy with the few scenes. They all need to be re-written to make sense of the story. It is a mild interruption to the story. I party, an introduction to some of the main characters, a passe en story that will make sense at a later time.A time that bounces back to the past and resonates with the reader and explains the current circumstances of the characters playing out the actions at the current time.


Writer * Reader * Seer I love to write - fiction, non-fiction, most genres I love to read - fiction, non-fiction, most genres I love to look and gaze into my crystal ball to see what the future holds. But know that once the powers that be are set in their track, anything can happen from then on.

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