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I want words!

I'm having a hell of a time finishing this Magic Mansion chapter. It's really frustrating when writing's like pulling teeth!

I know I posted that thing a few days ago about how non-flow writing means you might be doing something innovative and new, and therefore should be cherished...but in this case, I don't think that's what's going on. I think I'm dragging ass because I don't want to finish writing the novel. :(

ETA: I forced out the 2000 words for the day and can now go watch zombie movies. Yay.


Jan. 29th, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
I don't want you to finish either. It's hard to end a story you've invested so much time in.
Jan. 29th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
I want to make sure it's not late for the newsletter though :(

Boo hoo.
Jan. 29th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
You can skip a newsletter if you'll write more John & Ricardo. Deal? j/k
Jan. 29th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Nah, I gots ta finish this.
Jan. 29th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Awww, That sounds painful. I could have given you tons of advice but only you know what you have to do to finish it. *hugs*
Jan. 29th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm going with "you're not allowed to do anything else until you write 600 words."
Jan. 29th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. Do that one.
Jan. 29th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
It worked, I guess. I got to my 2k goal. Just wish it was more fun. There was actually a point where I worked past the resistance and got on a roll.
Jan. 30th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
Well done!
Jan. 29th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
I *always* have trouble finishing a novel, and find myself putting it off in the same way that I put off difficult scenes. It's not about not wanting to leave my characters. For me it's about feeling a performance pressure, like "this is it, baby, sink or swim, everybody is getting ready to judge...".

*shiver* Do endings always give you trouble, or is it just this one?
Jan. 29th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
I was just reading about how judgement makes creativity tank. In a study they had a bunch of women make collages and told half of them they'd be judged by artists, and the other half that their moods were being studied and the collages were irrelevant...and the ones who thought they would be judged were much less creative. (It just occurs to me they were lying to the other ones, LOL!)

I don't get that judgement-choke too much. Instead I get belligerent and think, "Well, if you don't like my damn work, there are a billion other authors out there, what are you doing reading my stuff and complaining about it? Go read someone you like!"

Endings are challenging in that I always want to make sure I'm delivering what I've promised the whole story, but I work with a loose outline so it's not like I get to the end and find myself painted into a corner. It's actually just this ending giving me trouble. I'm so attached to Ricardo and John I don't want to say goodbye.
Jan. 29th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
That's a fascinating study. Not at all surprising, but interesting to see it documented so well.

I am and am not driven by judgement. In most ways, I have your attitude--sort of a reverse peer pressure/defiance of 'expectations'. But then sometimes I also get tied in to my readers (I post free on-line): the feeling that they've been so good to me that I owe them a solid, satisfying finish, and that's the pressure that can choke me. It is also a self-pressure. I used to feel it even with stories that nobody ever saw. As if, all this work was leading up to this crucial moment, and 'what if I fail?'. Which I recognize as a bit ridiculous even as I do it. Knowing my reactions aren't rational doesn't always suppress them. :)

Thanks for the share! And good luck!

Edited at 2012-01-29 09:35 pm (UTC)
Jan. 29th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Posting free stories can be hard when no one reacts to them. If I have a story that it seems like all my friends are pretending never happened, I can at least look at sales numbers and see if it's selling. (If I wanted my ego handed to me I could go look at GR, though I don't do that anymore since it's counterproductive.)

I think I'm finding endings easier than beginnings. Maybe it's a given that I will need to go back and revamp a beginning once I get to know everybody over the course of the novel and learn what needs to be foreshadowed. But then there's posting serially, where I can think about fixing something in edits, but know I have to make the best of it for the remainder of the serial for everyone who just wants the free online version. I guess there's a lot of letting go when writing serially.
Jan. 29th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)

Think of it this way, Ricardo and John deserve their HEA sooner rather than later, right?

Jan. 29th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
They do. I keep making them earn it and earn it, too. I kind of want to skip ahead and write the denouement. But I'm at the cusp of the final challenge now so once I get into that I should be able to write more rapidly.
Jan. 29th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)

I can't wait to see what you come up with for the final challenges :D

Jan. 29th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I'm happy with the way the second-last challenge came out :D
Jan. 29th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Although you've reached the end of this book, you don't have to say goodbye to them forever, do you? (fingers crossed)
Jan. 29th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
I was about to say that once the Mansion is in their past, their big story is over. I dunno, maybe they could have a holiday short or something.
Jan. 29th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
Actually John and Ricardo stated out as a short story I wrote for a contest--then I saw the 2-year exclusive story rights the contest demanded and backed out, and turned their short story into a long novel instead.

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