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Update on the Writing, or the Lack Thereof

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As you might possibly have noticed, I’ve been having some trouble writing lately. I admit it. Those of you who drop by here regularly might have noticed that A] I haven’t been posting a whole lot lately, and B] the little novel-progress bar over there on the right hasn’t budged in a few weeks. Yes, I’m lame. I don’t even have a really good excuse–yeah, sure, stuff’s been going on, but not so much to excuse my not writing anything.

Honestly, I feel like I’m kinda stuck on the novel. I need to figure out how to get myself moving forward once again. I was doing pretty well for awhile with the “just keep pressing forward” strategy because I had momentum. That momentum dried up (thanks to the aforementioned life stuff) and I’ve had a great deal of difficulty getting it back. It doesn’t help that I had written myself to a point where I had no idea what was going to happen next in the story. I’m afraid I still have too many sitting-around-talking scenes and not enough stuff-happening scenes.

My goal had been to finish the first draft by the end of October. I’m starting to feel kind of iffy about that goal, thanks to the three or more weeks off I’ve wound up taking. I need to find some way to kickstart both my plot and my momentum if I’m going to have any hope of making it–suggestions are always appreciated from the writers in the crowd, of course.

(I also need to get back to posting here regularly…I know how much my worldwide audience hates it when I leave the site fallow for too long.)

Written by Allen

September 22nd, 2005 at 9:35 pm

Posted in Writing

3 Responses to 'Update on the Writing, or the Lack Thereof'

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  1. Go back to one of your “sitting around talking” scenes. Where are they sitting? What’s around the room or area? Is it a brothel? Is it a park? Is it Target? Is it a pediatrician’s waiting room? Wherever it is, find something, some object in the room that advances your plot either right then, or many pages later.

    That’s what I’d do.

    timmy b

    25 Sep 05 at 5:36 pm

  2. 2 things to add to my previous comment:

    1. The ‘object’ in question could be a person too, some peripheral character.

    2. I like the idea of sitting around talking in a brothel. I hope that’ s it.

    timmy b

    25 Sep 05 at 5:39 pm

  3. Oh, and I probably don’t need to state this explicitly, but you should actually write something about this object/person/plot advancer.

    timmy b

    26 Sep 05 at 9:29 am

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