Hard Slog

Well, coming into the home straight with my re-write of my climber story, but it feels at the moment like wading through treacle. Not quite sure why. I’m really having to force myself to keep going with this one. Initially I was quite excited about it but the last third of the book has been a struggle. Maybe it’s because although I know where the conflict is going, the action feels slow and – yes, go on, say it – boring. Or maybe it’s just having to wrestle with my submission doubt and wishing I would hear back about it so I can get some clear direction about how to proceed. No chance of that in the near future!

It doesn’t help having a bright and shiny new idea that’s calling to me. It feels wrong to leave the climber story unfinished while I immerse myself in the excitement of a new story. Then again, a change is as good as a rest huh? Hmmm, might just go and do a quick synopsis… πŸ˜‰

17 thoughts on “Hard Slog”

  1. Cheers guys. I know, I’m falling at the last hurdle rather. Think I’m having a down on writing in general time rather than this ms in particular. I’m hoping I’ll go back up soon! When I’m down on writing, everyone suffers in my household! πŸ™

  2. Hugs Jackie.That treacle sucks! As someone who just suffered a major painful crow attack I hear ya. But you will push through and succeed, I know it!

  3. Are you feeling it hard becuase you are having to reach deep inside you? Are you having to tap emotions/bleed on the page and you do not really like doing that? Or conversely have you not added enough complications etc? How can you make it worse for them?
    Finish the ms, and leave the idea for the next one. YOu will get there soon enough.

  4. No, I don’t have a problem with the deep emotional stuff. I love it usually. I think the problem is the focus of the internal conflict and where it lies. My hero has a number of issues and it’s just figuring out whether they’re separate or related, or whether I’m just adding extra stuff that I shouldn’t!

  5. Ditto what Janette said – at least you’re almost finished. I have two half finished mss and the next idea is calling (well a very underdeveloped idea)!!

    Keep going! You’ll feel so much happier when you’ve finished!


  6. Thanks! Yes, I’m terrible at not finishing what I’ve started. Anyway, I have had a go at chapter 1 and it’s satisfied the urge a bit. Pity I got distracted with something else… πŸ™‚

  7. I am with Michelle, keep wading. But that does not mean you cant get out a manilla folder and jut down a few ideas, story lines etc in your spare time. Even cut out a few pictures, build the odd story board. But make sure you keep wading as well.

  8. Argh, Felicity! I know, I should. But sadly in my wading I have become stuck. I think I’m going to wait until I have heard from the eds about this one. Thinking about making an irretrievable change and I don’t want to do that until I hear from them. Whenever that will be. Sigh. πŸ˜‰

  9. Oh, am so with you on the action feeling slow and um, boring. In fact with my wip, am feeling that the whole b****y thing is indescribably dull. *Sigh* I guess the only thing to do is to keep plodding along and write through the doubts!

  10. Lucy, you don’t know how pleased I am to hear you say that – not that your WIP will be boring in the slightest of course! – just thank God I’m not the only one who has these feelings! πŸ™‚ Yeah, I think writing on is the only way through. And usually, when you go back over these things, they’re never as bad as you think they are.

  11. Keep going Jackie.

    But agree with Felicity – you should jot down notes for your shiny new idea and then you can put it out of your mind without worrying about forgetting it.


  12. Thanks Suzanne! Now have copious notes for the new idea. Luckily have also regained enthusiasm for the current wip which will mean I can finish it and start on new idea with a clear conscience!

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