Stop trying to make it happen.

I have tried reading the entire manuscript out loud to the husband.

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I have tried not thinking about it.

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I have tried walking and dancing for inspiration.

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I have even tried switching up my writing music.

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But three weeks later, I kind of have to admit that my mind is not on the Red Witch, and I can’t force it to be.

So what can I do?

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For now, I have sent the unfinished manuscript off to the betas and made it available to my writing group. And that will have to do. Hopefully some feedback with unlock my brain.

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It’s Chelsea Day!

Chelsea Childling is back today!

Sonja is making some rather uncomfortable waves for Chelsea and Amber. Their fledgling relationship can handle reavers, but can it handle doubt?

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Yes, our favorite redhead is once again getting into hot water as she learns how to hunt monsters!

 

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No, not that one…

 
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It’s a Holiday!

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There should be Chelsea today, but it’s a holiday and I’m lazy.

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So next Monday you can have your Chelsea.

Two-thirds done, longest third to go

Assuming an equal length to the last draft, I am now 2/3 of the way done with this draft.

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However, this is also the section of the book that needs the most work. Not only do I have to expand the fight scenes, but all those “little” changes have come due. The ending needs to be almost completely rewritten.

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So I’m still staring down that long ass highway.

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Regardless, I am getting excited. I might have a draft by the end of summer, and that feels amazing.

So it’s time to buckle and get writing. We’re almost there~

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New Chelsea!!

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My monthly series is out today. 
This month, Chelsea learns how to fight a giant, and that her girlfriend has some apprehension about the new hunter in town. It seems that Sonja isn’t as cool as she seems.

And to my readers, yes, *that* Sonja.

 

Slowly losing my mind

So last week I was all “Slowly but surely coming together…” And then… I finished it. I finished the chapter!

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But literally, the next day, I realized that it didn’t work. I needed to take the chapter I just written a new intro for and changed POVs, and split it into two chapters… oh and it needed to be in the original POV, but I was absolutely going to keep all the changes that I made, so I couldn’t just put in the old stuff…. oh no no no. I needed to switch the POV… again…

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If you feel lost… welcome to the club.

This was so much easier with The Haven. I only had two POV characters. Now I’m juggling the rest of the cast and it is beyond daunting… and frustrating… and annoying… and why I doing this to myself!?!?!

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Thanks, guys. Yes, as annoying as this is, I really wouldn’t give it up. Doesn’t mean that I can’t grouse.

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Anyway, I’m about half way through the new game plan, and despite my spite, I know it’s making a better story. So I’m going to get back to that chapter and hopefully finish it… again.

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What? It’s *still* that same chapter?!

Okay, I’m being just a touch hyperbolic. Yes, I am working on that same chapter, two weeks on. Like it’s been so slow that the beta-read I was using as my treat for finishing the chapter was getting to the point of embarrassingly late. I had to give up on finishing the chapter and just read the manuscript for my friend.

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And truthfully, I have been plugging away. Not as quickly as I would like, but a steady outpouring of words. A few paragraphs a day, every day.

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And I really can’t be upset about it. I think I hit on the final incarnation of this book. Not the final *draft* mind you, but the beginnings of the final drafts. I’m not expecting any major structural shake-ups, so I should be expanding on chapters, and starting to add the details.

Or that’s my current excuse, anyway.

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Still, I’m sleeping, so I must be writing enough… right?