Writing fiction novels for a living out of thin air is ridiculous, much like galloping through a field atop what’s essentially an over-sized dog with no natural desire to take you anywhere just because you said you’d like to go and go now. It’s absurd I tell you! Crazy, even! Like, how flight travel is even a thing, crazy. Like, the length of time it took to get the world to precisely where it is today, crazy. Like, how do our bodies being mostly water even make any sense, crazy! And yet, galloping horses through fields I do; quit my job to write fiction novels for the rest of my days, I feel compelled. So, how do I feel about having fallen off of my metaphorical Noveldom steed in 2018? Egotistically bruised, but otherwise feeling quite chipper!
What I didn’t realize, was that I was playing with a serious lover. Every twist and turn of my mind moved like a chainsaw through a box of chocolates, unintentionally ripping through my creation as if it were nothing. It took me 157 days to see it, but now I understand: this is no mere fling I’m playing with…
I’ve been pretty up front about it: I’ve been in a writing funk for the better part of three weeks now. Outline done, rough draft under way, I suddenly found myself stuck after chapter ten. Chapter ten! My novel is resting at thirty chapters in my outline, so getting thrown off my tracks in chapter ten was not a good sign. And while I had lightly worked my way through my slump over the last week or so, I still wasn’t running at full capacity.
There’s nothing worse than finishing your first novel and finding out from your beta readers that the entire plot is predictable AF. It almost feels like there’s no coming back from that. Like, the amount of work it would take to recreate your plot into a sensational piece of work would be an unbearable misery you couldn’t possibly endure.
I woke up with excitement in my veins at six o’clock in the morning. Today would be the day. Today would be the day I power through five chapters of Snowe Storms and begin my official descent into the Writer’s Trench.
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