September already and, hey, whaddya know, I STILL have had no word on my sub. First subbed the synopsis of this story in October last year so if I don’t hear this month, it will mean a year’s wait for a verdict on a partial. So all those of you who guessed dates for the Very Soon Sweepstake are all out except Susan – who guessed September the 12th. I suppose my update nearly two weeks ago was kind of a response but I think I’ll hold out for a final answer. Whenever that will be.
So what else am I doing? Falling into bad habits actually. I’m a serial starter – fall in love with a new story, write like crazy, get to chapter 4/5 and then, when the going gets tough, I stop. It’s weird. I know what the conflict is, I know how it should be resolved, I know what the characters need to learn and I know how they’re going to change, so what’s stopping me? It’s the how all of the above happens, I think. They have that lovely first meeting, that first attraction, the acting (or not) on the attraction and the consequences of that, and then I sigh and stop and think ‘so what do they do now?’. Either one of the characters has to do something in order to drive the story along. Something that is based on their conflict, that isn’t external, and it’s always this action that stumps me. Or at least, I have to go for a long walk or have a long shower to think about where to go from there. I tend to get overwhelmed by craft at this point, worrying about how I’m going to make it worse for him, and then how that will make him change, or what that teaches him about the heroine, etc, etc.
Which is why at this point the lure of the new story calls. I have five books all in various stages of ‘done-ness’ and I have not finished any of them. Definitely falling into bad habits again. Need to find some discipline from somewhere and finish at least one of them. There is probably the element of the VoD in here, telling me that they’re all crap and none of them are worth working on. Stupid VoD.
Alright, so what do you guys reckon? Here are your choices: the soldier’s story, the eco-warrior story (conflict STILL not sorted), my computer developer (actually she might be on hold), my geologist/reunion story, and lastly my new story which I’ll call IT girl. My soldier is closest to being done with 27k on the clock. Any suggestions?
Extra special PS:
Maisey’s second book, A Mistake, A Prince and a Pregnancy is out today! Big woots! Go read it, it’s fab!