For loving writing so much, I sure complain a lot. Maybe my nature? I’m an optimist–but a grumbling optimist. When I start a book, I fuss about how hard beginnings are. I pull teeth over first chapters and how many times I rewrite them. If I write short, punchy chapters to keep a pace brisk, then I worry that I’ll have enough plot points for each fourth of my book. If I use lots of dialogue, my words look like they’re swimming in white space. Will I have a high enough word count no matter how many pages I type? Once I reach the middle, I brace myself for the muddle, for the sagging when all of my characters and subplots get bogged down. When I push past that, will all of my subplots and foreshadowing come together in some kind of a cohesive whole? Will I have a big enough ending?
After I thought about it, I decided every part of writing is hard, and I’m never actually sure if I’m getting it right. Somewhere along the way, I lose energy. I see more flaws than stellar moments. That’s when ideas flood me for new books, books that look bright and shiny, books that would never tax me, that I’d fly through with no doubts–until I start working on them:) I’m at that point now in my sixth Mill Pond romance. I’ve reached over 200 pages (I know, just the set up for some fantasies:). I’ve pushed off my last plot twist for another few pages, and I’ve written so much that I can’t tell if my timing, tension, and storyline are still on track. BUT, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve gone back and tweaked chapters as I plugged along, so the light brings me hope. I can smell the finished manuscript.
Seventy more pages, and I should be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Hope your writing’s coming together for you, too. And Happy Writing!
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