It Begins … Again

13 thoughts on “It Begins … Again”

  1. I have a dirty dirty mind. You know that. You really have to stop opening posts with sentences like that first one in this post.

    HA! Yeah, I guess I need to account for the WIGSF factor a bit better than I did this time, don’t I? Sorry bud!

  2. I will tell you that editing is like that. I’m trying to wrap up the edits on FAITH & THE UNDEAD and find it taxing and annoying. I’d much prefer to be working on book two right now but I know in the end I have to get this first one out there.

    Now mind you this doesn’t mean that I don’t have things I’ve put to the side. JOTA still mocks me, but deep in my heart I know I’ll pick it up when the time is right. For now FAITH & THE UNDEAD is the most important thing for me.

    If you get a chance I’ve posted a sneak peek over on undeadtrilogy.wordpress.com.

    Hang tough bud, sometimes we have to make decisions we don’t like. If you are talking about Ghost Hunters, I’d finish it. Don’t tinker to much. Get it done and subbed someplace like Library of Horror. I’m sure Dr. Pus would love to have it!

    Thanks for stopping by and the advice, bud. Appreciate you sounding off. 🙂

  3. First and foremost, I’m ecstatic to hear you’re dipping a toe in the water again.

    Aw, thanks sweetie. 🙂

    But your question is a toughie. It seems like the specter of GH really sucked the life out of you. At this point, I’d say the question is *drumroll* what do you WANT to do? You knew I was going to say that. But it’s true. If the thought of making this book publishable fills you with dread, maybe you ought to let it go while you work on another book. If it’s as bad as you say, then it’ll probably take as long to get it fixed as it would to write a whole ‘nother book.

    Lots o’ truth in that last para, baby. I know you’re right. I’ve been pecking away since I wrote the post and I have to say it’s moving. Slow and steady, like a glacier, but moving. I’ve combined a lot of chapters — because they’re really only scenes — into others and cut out a lot of BS. Still — I can’t tell if the prospect of getting it publishable fills me with dread or if I’m hit by that sleepy thing EVERY time I try to write. It’s a lot of work, yes, but deciding whether it’s worth it is hard.

    But if the thought of working on GH fills you with anticipation, then I say go for it. I felt that excitement for BVA when I was finally ready to start writing again, and it’s working out. I couldn’t have manufactured the excitement, wouldn’t have worked.

    I can’t wait any longer for excitement to jump me. I’ll be 80 before I do anything. I have to write through these doldrums, I think.

    Play with it for a few days and observe how it makes you feel. You’ve got nothing but time.

    Well … yes and no. Our situation is deteriorating, remember.

    1. I don’t think the sleepy thing is dread. I get it too. But my point about feeling excitement is that if you aren’t excited by GH specifically, then you should work on something else that you are excited about. In other words, don’t feel like you have to finish it if you aren’t feeling it.

      Hm. Interesting. You get it too? What do you suppose it is? Supreme cases of procrastination? I can’t figure it. It really, REALLY ticks me off, though.

  4. Ugh, I hate editing. If it were me I would go over it again just because I know it is a skill I will not acquire by avoidance. Sheesh, even the things I am passionate about have parts I don’t enjoy. Buggers.

    I know, what is UP with that?! 😉 Thanks Jaymie. Very solid advice there.

  5. Reading between the lines, it sounds to me like you’re looking for permission to move on to a fresh start with a new project. Something that excited you 1.5 years ago is no longer where you’re at. It’s really nice to have people who encourage you not to lose heart when you’re blocked on a project, but if it’s not where your heart is anymore, maybe it’d be best to move on and start something new.

    Y’know Sparky, I think that’s pretty good advice. Matter of fact, I’m starting to wonder why I can’t do BOTH, y’know? 😀 I don’t think I’m asking for permission to move on, but I do think I’m a person who likes to finish what they start, so moving on feels like quitting on this one. No reason that has to be the case. Thanks!

  6. Hi am trying to reply to this over the phone so lots of typos and such.

    I have been in a situation exactly like yours with a long short story. If you are struggling with structure u got to get the skeleton rt first.

    Simplest way to do this:

    get a bunch of index cards

    take each scene in your wip condense into a line or two and write on index cards

    say u got 200 I dex cards

    now take a biggish table or boosts works best and arrange and rearrange them till you are more or less happy

    feel free to add cards with a line or two on new scenes

    likewise feel free to delete scenes by removing some cards

    now number the cards and follow for structure

    a cheap softboard is best so u can always have the cards before you as you write

    you don’t have to stick to order and number of cards you got in ur final arrangement but it will help give u the big picture and an idea of structure. I promise

    hope this helps

    The tried and true Index Card method! Fantastic stuff, Damyanti, and yes, it helps. I actually have index card software I can use for this. Getting the information ON the cards? Well, that’s the tricky part. 🙂 Thank you so much for working so hard to get me this comment and hugs from oceans apart!

  7. I get sleepy every time I write. Coffee doesn’t help in the least.

    I’ve noticed it happens whenever I even THINK about doing ANYTHING writing related: Editing, writing, plotting, heck, even writing exercises. As soon as I decide I have the time, the sleepiness sets in. WEIRD.

    Whatever you decide to do, make sure it is what you want to do and not what somebody told you to do. But you know that.

    I’ve got novels I’ve finished and those I haven’t. What do you want to be able to say 6 months from now? Those 6 months will pass whether you work hard on this or not.

    You’ll figure it out. We’ll support you.

    Thanks. I know I’m needy in that way and I’m trying to grow up. In six months I’d like to say I did something. So I’m doing something. Slow, tedious, but sure.

  8. The first book I wrote needs a major rewrite, since I also had no idea what I was doing. Reading books on craft and joining a crit group helped me to see that my work was crap. No one but my husband, former co-worker and mother-in-law has read it. I haven’t even opened it in about a year. The only binding it’ll likely ever see is the purple folder it’s in. Sometimes it’s best to move on, but only you can know for sure.

    I have one like that, LOL. It’s NEVER going to see the light of day again. I thought about self-publishing it, and my wife gently (and I mean that, very tactfully) discouraged me. She said it wasn’t the right story as a little bit of misdirection (because saying it was crap would’ve wounded my widdew ego too much). I don’t think this one’s total crap, but it does need major reconstructive surgery. We’ll see. 😉 Thanks, CV.

  9. Is that the book you had posted on your other blog? I haven’t been on that one in a while, so I don’t even know if you’re still blogging there.

    The one I’m currently editing is posted over there in rough draft form. (I’ll be pulling it down a few weeks before I start seeking representation for it.) The one I said would never see the light of day, however, is stored safely on my PC (and why I keep it, I’ll never know; my wife says to use it as a marker for how far I’ve come.)

  10. Um, would that be the Darcness blog, like the press-me-idiot button on the right might suggest?

    Things getting confusing? No, my fiction blog is over here. THIS is the Darcness blog. Let me know what’s confusing over there so I can clean it up! Thanks, Courtney!

  11. I still check deviant and watch your page! (:

    Well thanks! It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my fiction blog OR my devART page though. 🙂

    It’s fun getting back into something that makes you happy. Maybe a little scary, too, but you’ll do great. Sometimes the best things in life need to be stepped away from for awhile to realize their potential, or if you should move on to something new.

    It’s kind of like a relationship.

    You’re right. I think the time away helped. I can see this thing with a much more jaundiced eye and do what’s necessary to improve it. 🙂

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