Today I was ready to throw in the towel on Alpha Female — not for good, but for awhile. I’ve been working on it for about 7 months, pretty much straight through with no real breaks except the week of my surgery. I was just tired, and the last two days have been rough for me production-wise. But I’m not a quitter and I realized: I want to finish this. Sure, I could put it off or wallow in being stuck, but the fact remains: the novella won’t write itself. The farther I go from it, the harder it will be to get back into and on track.
I realized this because I considered switching back to either Flamebound or Pirouette. Flamebound especially — when I read over the HTRYN lesson I was currently working on (naturally, I couldn’t have yanno, finished it up) I felt like I was reading Greek. I read a few of my notes on some changes and again, I’m like, whaaaat?! And it seemed impossible at this time, so I decided to wait a bit longer. With Pirouette, this is more of a planned wait because the plan is to come back to it refreshed and I’m almost there, but not quite. Sooooo that left Alpha Female.
And after my recent discoveries, I’m actually excited about it again. Sure, I’m not sure what rabbit I’m going to pull out of my arse this time (moar questions, how I love thee!) but hey, slow progress is better than none. One sentence at a time if I have to. I’m doing this. I won’t accept anything less.
So poor Natasha is going to have to fight Delia with a magic she doesn’t know and doesn’t understand, and she’s going to have to kill Delia, somehow, even though Delia has a witch on her side. Obviously, Delia has to die. There’s no other option there. Going to think on that one.
But other than that, it’s been a pretty good day. About 780 new words on Alpha Female after ripping the scene apart. I’m moving the stuff I ripped out closer to the climax. Will have more impact that way.
4 thoughts on “Epiphany.”
Sometimes I think the only difference between novelists and not-quites is sheer stubborn bullheadedness. 😉
Thanks, KD! I believe you are right. 😉
Seeing your posts recently has convinced me that even though the story line (I’m calling it a series of chapters rather than a book, hahahaha) I’m working on is going slower than I’d like, I just need to write for a while each day.
I’m horrible about editing. Horrible. I hate it. Rewrites? Never done them. It’s time to start getting serious but dang. That takes work!
Glad to have inspired you. 😉 Editing and rewriting is a bear, but it also has the potential to make the story so much better. You CAN do it!