Getting there…

I’m trying to string together the last section of this manuscript and, admittedly, it just isn’t coming into my head at the moment so I thought I’d take a break and update here again. Yes, that’s right: ‘last section’. The end is now very clearly in sight but while I can picture that ending in my head, I still have to somehow get it there. I was hoping to make somewhat more progress on it today than I managed (about 2.5K on a non-kid day) but my Muse seems to have hit some sort of wall again. Nothing is waking her up today – not little breaks, not a coffee, not a walk. On the one hand I’m annoyed because now I’m not likely to be given another long opportunity to work on this until Tuesday. On the other hand, sometimes taking a few days where I can’t work gets the storyline sorted out in my head so that I can sit down and write with no issue once I have the chance. I suspect I have about 10K to go, give or take a few K…that fact might be scaring my Muse a bit too. I’ve been so non-stop with this since new year’s (hell, since the conference, really, I just rebooted it at the beginning of the year) that the thought of hitting The End (as it were) is somewhat daunting.

This morning I had a revelation that has eased some of my stress about this whole thing. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that the side story was going to require rewriting, since that character’s motivation has changed. I had the idea today, however, that perhaps what I should be doing is dropping that side story completely.  This is a compelling idea for a few reasons. First, it will work better with the ending I’ve envisioned (I wanted to tell it from one angle, but it really made more sense coming from the side story angle). Second, those scenes can all easily come into play in the sequel which means that I already have a lot of material to work with when I get to working on that (sometime in 2015). And lastly, it solves some of that pesky wordcount problem. I pulled those sections into a separate file today and the MS dropped to 102K.  Yes, I still have 10-20K to write (I think), but still…as it was previously sitting at about 125K, this is encouraging. And while that might not be the most compelling reason to pull those sections, it’s certainly an added bonus.

And yes, the whole thing is finally beginning to arc into a trilogy in my head.

So now I just need my Muse to step up and bring that last section together in my head. Who knows…I just might pull this off.

6 thoughts on “Getting there…

  1. *cheers enthusiastically until she has no voice left*

    At least I’m not the only one with a muse that gets stage fright just before the ending. :p

    • Thanks! I seem to have crashed my way through some of the issues now, which is pretty exciting. Now that I have things a bit more worked out, I’m looking forward to hitting the end, which should calm my Muse down some.

  2. Thank you! Though I have no idea when I’d ever have a chance to get to books 2 or 3…though I guess I’ll have some time for my brain to sort it out!

  3. Good for you, Em, for just keeping at it. With daytime constraints, you are doing really well. I have trouble finding the time and I have no one else to mind all day. No job, mo kids (all grown), and not too many outside things to disturb me. The only thing that stops me is not getting started. It’s amazing what I can do once I start. Sunday I was supposed to pick up my husband and got so into my writing that when I looked at my watch, it was time to be there, and I was sitting at the computer. The writing life, eh?
    All best!

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