Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stalemate


I have written over 42,000 words of my Present Book. And I have reached somewhat of a stalemate. I have so many ideas about ways I want to approach the structure of my book but I don't know which way to turn. Right now the easiest thing to do would be to leave it for a time and maybe just check in on it once in a while. Gosh, I have even considered a Fantastic New Book Idea (and, I admit, I've written around 150 words towards it...and I've collected some pictures...and I think about it often, too often). But, as Andrea of www.acatofimpossiblecolour.blogspot.com once noted, another new book idea in the midst of a present book is like having an affair. And I do feel bad, I really do, but I really am desperate. In the end though, sense will prevail. I know I can't leave Present Book in limbo. So, I have printed out all that I have written so far. And it sort of feels like I have reached a milestone; that is, I have a thick-ish wad of paper. But where to next?

8 comments:

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

What an amazing achievement - you have come so far. Don't get distracted.

The Writing Instinct said...

Thank you Jane. You have hit the nail on the head. I can't get distracted now. I was going to write about all of the things that get in the way, such as my work/business, kids, house etc but they are just excuses.

see you there! said...

Work on! You can work through it. If you keep at it your "spark" will come back.

Darla

Casey Freeland said...

Recent advice I heard that makes sense... when you get stuck on a project, for whatever reason, working on a different kind of project will often help. (set novel aside and write some poetry) Working on the same kind of project (two novels) can really prolong the unproductive agony.

Good luck and congratulations on your word count!

Cheers,

Casey

lunarossa said...

Wow, how fantastic! You are so near and yet so far...Maybe a few days holiday in a Thai resort would help? Just let us know when it's finished. Cannot wait to read it!!!!Ciao. A.x

♥ Braja said...

Hello, M my lovely :) Missed this blogging thing :) I think I'm back...
xo

Arti said...

Go on! You can do it! My best wishes for you :)

Anonymous said...

Do you know what's stale, mate? This blog!!!!! I miss your posts!!!

H xoxo

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