Monday, March 12, 2012

From the Rut

Well, the last month (or just shy) has been pretty rough for me for a few personal reasons.

The male of the species...sometimes they just don't get it.  (Yeah, you heard me!  It's a boy problem.  Stupid boys...)

I haven't been writing, I've been doing very little reading, and food hasn't appealed to me.  Normally I would think I was getting sick, but lately I think I'm just guilty of being a diva.  I'm trying to crawl out of the rut and rejoin the world in as un-whiny a fashion as possible.

Right now I'm sitting in that place where writing just seems silly.  And I know it's not silly--someday, I will be passionate about it again--but right now, I'm wondering why I do this thing.  Oh well.  Onward.

I'm stuck at a point in Redemption where I am debating where to go next, if anyone wants to put in their two cents to the situation.  (Yes, I realize I haven't posted a lot about what this book is "about"; it's because I have editors who read this blog, and they haven't hit the big reveal yet.  For our purposes, the story is about bad things that happen to good people, and good people who let those bad things happen to others.  And small town secrets, betrayal, and playing dress up in fancy clothing.  Also, murder.  And hairy bodies.)

The book is finished, though not yet edited.  In the first round of edits, I had a frieditor tell me the reveal came to fast.  So, I went back and installed about three more chapters of side story that I had previously thought were too tangential.

New frieditor is about to kill me because the reveal is now taking too long, but now that the side story flood gates are open, I kind of want to let them run free.  (Which I will probably do.) However, the story now feels disjointed to me where I broke off the original reveal; I haven't had any complaints from frieditors concerning the break, but I am thinking it needs smoothing anyways.  : /



  1. Life problems throw me off of my writing faster than a Randy Johnson fastball would remove me from the plate...and yet writing is most important when we are least apt to want it...

    I've solved the problem of conflicting views on my story by having just one editor, lol...I don't know if that's good or bad but the last thing I want or feel I need are two people telling me two different things :D

  2. This is the first time I have tried a multi-editor project, but it happened for a good reason: editor #1 had to break due to an unavoidable life situation, so #2 got brought in. I don't often have problems with making decisions based on feedback, which makes me think this is more about my current state of mind than anything else.

    On the bright side, issues have cleared up (for the time being...hopefully for good!) and the muse is back. :)