Turns out it was Just Regular Old Writer’s block

Rather than me being frustrated with the circumstance surrounding Of Heroes and Magic Mishaps, the story had just diverted from the barebones outline I made back in March to the point where it no longer worked. Due to the introduction of two additional characters, the protagonists can longer meet the way or in the location, I intended them to. Also, the antagonist needs a different approach.

I gave myself a few days to figure out what to do with that and I think I got it. At least, I don’t feel like I’m fighting against a sea of molasses everytime  I write.

The Long Road to Catching Up

April’s harddrive/trojan fiasco threw me for a real loop and switching to my hated backup PC just made it worse. I intended to be more or less finished with the novel I started in April by now. Instead, I’m barely a quarter in.

I still love the story and want to finish it but, I’m having a hard time getting back into it. Some days I just want to print the whole thing out and shred it or burn it.

Thing is, I know myself. I know that if I take a genuine break from it, I’ll never come back. Plus, I kind of feel guilty if I try to work on something else.

I’ve got no idea what I’m going to do now other than try and force my way through. Which will likely mean the story suffers.

 

Genuinely Lost Writing for the First Time

Nano’s been going great so far and the story is coming along well, too. It did try to rebel when I got too excited about the ending of a scene to focus on its beginning. But it’s all good now and we’re back on track. Up to a little over 8k now. First three chapters are up on Wattpad.

Out of fear for further bluescreens, I’ve been writing in Shaxpir and, until today, I loved it. The program structure fits my style well and feels very smooth. Yesterday, I forgot to export the document after I finished and today it won’t sync. That’s a whole chapter down the drain. Considering the state of my laptop, I don’t blame Shaxpir. Should I end up switching machines, after all, I’ll install it again. Until then, there are two chapter twos in the last document I exported. For NaNo purposes only. I wrote those words and I’m counting them, even if I have to rewrite them now.  I even remember most of what I wrote…

Ready For Camp NaNo

If I had any doubt about letting Mist and its universe go, the past two or so days got rid of those. After finishing Lost and Found, I spent a while building a skeleton for Camp NaNo and I haven’t been so excited to write something probably since the first version of What Lies Within.

Granted, not wanting to work too far ahead before the first, I’m only about 4k words in but, considering I was barely eeking out 200 words a day before that…

I didn’t dare set my Camp goal any higher than 15k because at the rate I was going even that would have been a stretch. I’ll leave it there for now. It’s not like  I have to stop writing the moment I hit that goal.

In case anyone cares to follow my progress, I’ll be posting chapters of Of Heroes and Magic Mishaps as I finish them here.

In other news Lost and Found is now available on Amazon. Other vendors are still updating their listings.

Add headingAs long as you don’t get lost, exploring caves is fun. Unfortunately, wannabe adventurer Sidr does get lost and ends up in a cavern deep underground. There he runs into a colony of weird creatures that don’t appreciate his presence. To make matters worse, the creatures’ battle cry brings down part of the ceiling, leaving Sidr with only one direction to go.
Can he find his way back to the surface before his lack of supplies catches up with him? And why is the ground shaking?
Find out in Lost and Found.

So, I Suck…

Since my last post here, I’ve managed to reset my browser to default a full three times. I’m still trying to recover all my sites and logins. The fact that I had a blog kind of got lost in the process and I only remembered now because I finished the rewrite of No Such Thing (now Lost and Found) and sent it through D2D to get the epub for Amazon. It’s up for pre-order on Amazon and all D2D vendors here, or you can read the pre-final edit version on fictionpress. Release date is the 31st.

On the writing front, I’ve come to realize that Mist has too much baggage attached to it for me to ever turn it into a decent story. It’s twenty years of story crammed into one and I can’t gain the distance to separate them. So, I’ve let it go. Maybe it was never meant to be or I’m just not ready for it but starting fresh’s been surprisingly freeing. Though I’ll likely filch the world at some point.

Never Realized How Important “You” is

I’m still trudging my way through Mist, though I’m starting to recover from my November push. But going slow has made me overly aware of how hard to handle the speech quirk of one of the main characters is. I figured omitting “you” would be unique enough and provide a few awkward situations. It fits with his background and all, but some sentences get so awkward or roundabout that I’m likely to drop it come revision. Shame. When it works, it does the job well, but I’m not sure it’s worth the hassle.

In comparison, the protagonist trying to communicate in a variation of a language he hasn’t heard or spoken since childhood has a far better payout and creates world depth at the same time. I really need to make a list of the “foreign” terms I used and what they mean before I start getting them confused

Of Half-told Stories and Glaring Mistakes

While Mist still holds the majority of my attention, I’ve also been trying to come up with a more gripping blurb for What Lies Within. I failed, but it made me realize that WLW starts in the middle of the story rather than at the beginning. It should have started with Ash learning of the house’s imminent demolition and his decision to go there before it’s too late, not with him already there.

Not really sure what to do with that. A rewrite would turn it into a completely different, though deeper, story, but I’m not sure it’s worth doing. I might just write Ash Manor of as my “training wheels” series. At least I got a lot of time to decide. I’m not touching anything else until the first draft of Mist is done.

On a happier note, the “forced” NaNo break on  No Such Thing allowed me to realize that there’s a massive consistency error right on the first page.

The main character is lost deep inside a cave and carries that world’s version of a gaslamp. The lamp has been out of fuel for hours, yet, when he drops it, he sees the shards scatter. A little later, he also sees a path branch off from the main path.

I guess, distance really helps.