Back in March I wrote a blog post commemorating Next to Godliness hitting the 50k word count. Back then I estimated that the ending was about 5k-10k away. Less than 2 months later and I've hit the 61k mark. And it's still not done.
Oh, I'm close. I'm very close to the end. But at this point I dare not guesstimate my word count. I'll be mildly shocked however, if the final count is higher than that of Project C.
A few weeks ago I set a deadline for myself, which was May 19th. Unfortunately I don't think I'm gonna have it done by then because I've been thinking, rethinking, over-analyzing parts of the climax and ...not doubting myself exactly, but I am skeptical about certain things, like how characters would act, react and what they would say in this situation or how they would say it.
I was complaining to a friend that I'm having a temporary bout of writer's block*. I am 99 words away from hitting the 61,000 word mark and I was stuck. So I said to him "writer's block again!"
Then he asked me a strange question: "ever picture it as a monster?"
So of course, that made me inadvertently picture writer's block.
It's like a DVD skipping because of dust. There's a scene, then it stops, pauses, then replays the last few seconds before stopping again. Then it skips ahead to the next scene. But there are holes.
And I stare at the skipping DVD as if willing it to continue. Then I realize that it's not skipping due to dust, but that the DVD player is out of power and it needs to be recharged. So I go, or do, or think about something else. This recharges me, and the writer's block corrects itself. Eventually I'm once again inspired or the story itself is good and ready to progress. Until then I have to be patient.
*There's a school of thought that states "there's no such thing as writer's block". I don't want to discuss whether or not Writer's Block exists. I don't care to debate the point. I'm stuck, accept it.
Issue #3 of Make Something has published a short story of mine called Re-Invention. Go check it out.
Next to Godliness - DONE!
The murder of the Three Fates sends ripples of chaos through the various pantheons.
Blood in the Water - DONE!
After the bombs detonate, the world is plunged into a nuclear winter where almost nothing can survive. What's a vampire to eat?
Project C - DONE! Rewriting.
A man is cast from a perfect world and exiled into a broken existence and learns of the worst mankind has to offer.
Super powered humans only happen in the comics, right? An unfortunate group of kids learn that truth can be stranger than fiction.
ABC Kids Book - DONE!
A children's story about being strange and not of the norm.
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