With a long novel, and me not being one of the people who count their drafts in words written (so I can’t put up a progress bar), it is easy to wonder if the writer is on permanent vacation (certain fans of GRRM – to whom I’m certainly not comparing myself – will know what I mean).
Complexity takes more time to set up, and more time to write.
NETHERWORLD has turned out to be significantly harder to get started than I expected, and I’m barely nearing the end of Chapter 1, but a lot of the time since I started writing it in early 2016 has been spent on setting up timelines and plotlines in great detail so that I hope not to have to find out about plot holes the hard way (when Rachel, my lovely beta reader, asks one of her incisive questions).
I’m pretty sure it’s going to go a lot faster from here on (though I may have to slow down a bit at the end to make sure the ending is just right: finishing off a part of the story and setting up the remaining book of the trilogy).
Now that the election is over, writing (which I’m doing instead of following it) has become a refuge, and an easy place to spend my time.
You may be interested in a post on my writing blog about the process, There is always a new writing fear.
And, be assured, I am hard at work. I know where it goes and how it ends, but not the words. And the words, built on a solid structure, are the best part for the writer.
So much to do, so little time, so little brain!
Please talk back.
Most things gained of value require hard work. In your case, it will take more time because of the CFS. Hang in there, Alicia. Sending hugs!!
Hi, Claire! I’m hanging in – got in a rare hour right now of late night gathering for the next scene. It almost never happens that I can write at night.
Now bed, and to work in the morning.
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Your words are always worth waiting for. Be patient with yourself. We’ll be here. 🙂
Don’t encourage actual sloth!
Also, I’m worried about getting this done in my lifetime. My daughter wants me to at least outline the rest of the story, just in case…
But that takes time and energy.
So I persevere. Naptime!
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