I have tried reading the entire manuscript out loud to the husband.
I have tried not thinking about it.
I have tried walking and dancing for inspiration.
I have even tried switching up my writing music.
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?
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.
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?
Yes, our favorite redhead is once again getting into hot water as she learns how to hunt monsters!
No, not that one…
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There should be Chelsea today, but it’s a holiday and I’m lazy.
So next Monday you can have your Chelsea.
Assuming an equal length to the last draft, I am now 2/3 of the way done with this draft.
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.
So I’m still staring down that long ass highway.
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~
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.
So last week I was all “Slowly but surely coming together…” And then… I finished it. I finished the chapter!
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…
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!?!?!
Thanks, guys. Yes, as annoying as this is, I really wouldn’t give it up. Doesn’t mean that I can’t grouse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Still, I’m sleeping, so I must be writing enough… right?