Friday, January 21, 2011

My Coming Weekend Skirmish

So, there I was, writing along fine.  I mean, hell, I whipped out more than 4K on Sunday and I was feeling pretty proud of myself. 

Until I tried to see where the next scene was going and how I was going to end this book.  :crashbangcrumple: 

Inside my head was an eighty car pileup on the turnpike and it looked something like this:  "OMG, I can't see the end.  I have no idea where I'm going.  What have I done?!  Rue wouldn't act like that.  And who the hell is the hero of this piece?  This is crap, it's always been crap and there's nothing I can do to fix this crap.  I need to scrap the whole damn thing and start over."

I gave a little bit of that on my Facebook page and got several quick, worried responses.  To which I replied for them not to worry because I don't actually delete anything, burn anything or scrap everything.  Not that I don't feel like it from time to time.  Which is why I posted it to Facebook.  (Maybe I'm missing the point of Facebook, but that's a post for another day.) 

Anyway, I sat down yesterday and crocheted my brains out.  The TV was mumbling in the background, but I wasn't actually listening to it.  I was stewing everything around in my head as my hands flew over the yarn.  I didn't really get anywhere on the story, but I did come to a conclusion.  Time to tackle these problems old school.

Yep, it's time to pull out the notebook and the red pen.  I need to do some free writing, which is sort of like writing everything I'm thinking out in one long gush of crimson ink.  It usually ends up as a combination of badgering myself and arguing with myself.  Needless to say, it's a little psycho, but it generally helps me to figure out where I went wrong, whether I can fix it and how to go about doing such a thing. 

It's an ugly process, but it usually works. 

To that end, don't be surprised if you don't see the word counter move.  Unless I have a blinding flash of insight, I'm not writing until the red pen battle is done.  Here's hoping it just a weekend skirmish.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.  What are your plans? 


  1. I hope you pull through this weekend!

  2. Keep up the good fight. I am editing this weekend.

  3. Good luck with the red pen! You can do it!

  4. Sometimes it must be done! I hope you get it all worked out on paper!!

  5. Work it out, girlie! I wish I knew how to crochet. I've tried my hand at knitterly (that's my new word!)abilities but find myself lacking. Booo!