Not the A to Z challenge this time, but editing. I reach this point several times during a novel/edit, once early on, at around 20,000 words, when I’m past the opening scenes, and the enthusiasm that comes with starting a new story, and then again around the middle, when it starts to seem like I’m never going to finish!
I’m at that point right now with Reckless Rebellion. I’ve edited close to 50,000 words, and I’m reaching the middle bit that needs a fair bit of work. I’ve discovered two new chapters I need to write, but I only have half ideas what I want them to achieve, not how to achieve it. The middle probably also needs a bit of waffle (where I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going) that needs to be cut out, but I’m not sure exactly what yet.
And looking ahead, I know I still have to figure out the ending, which isn’t written at all yet. So instead of writing, I’m finding other things I ‘need’ to do. I haven’t written/edited in a couple of days now, and I know that the longer I leave it, the harder it will get. I also have a busy day tomorrow, taking my daughter to a 3 hour science workshop. (Of course, by the time this goes live, that will be finished!)
Thursday and Friday should be better, my husband will be taking our daughter to trampolining and art, and I should have a few hours uninterupted (something that’s been surely lacking lately), and hopefully I will be able to jump in, and knock over at least some of this horrible middle section.
And just so this post isn’t totally negative, I have some tips for dealing with these writing/editing difficulties here. (Technically it’s about procrsatination, but I think the tips are applicable to ‘over ititis’ too.)
How about you? What points do you find hard to write? The beginning, middle or end?
All this month I’m participating in the A-Z blogging challenge, writing a blog post for each letter of the alphabet, on every day of the month except Sundays. Check back regularly to see what else I have in store for you.