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Progress Report, in which I feel a hot breath on my shoulder

“I am writing every day but, frankly, the copy stinks.  This novel may involve several rewrites, followed by a decent burial.”

–Robert Heinlein, in a letter to his agent, re Stranger in a Strange Land

Another 5100 words on Petra this week, bringing the total count to 32K.
I should be pleased with this.  I’m on schedule, at least with the word count.  And passing the 30K mark makes this my longest work of fiction since my first two novels.  But I’m not as far along in the plot as I would like to be.  I fear I’ve bogged the narrative down a bit.  I may be stalling because I have some doubts about the next scene–a big action sequence that closes out the first section of the novel. 

I know I’m supposed to be outrunning my editor brain here, but thoughts like the preceding indicate that it’s catching up to me.  These doubts smell suspiciously like my editor brain’s noxious breath.

I know, I know:  I’m the absolute worst person to judge my work.  I get it, really I do.  I mean, take a look at what Heinlein said up there.  I get it.  But . . .

Let’s not kid ourselves:  this novel ain’t no Stranger I fear this is going to be one ugly rewrite.  Part of me wants to scream, “What’s the point in writing the first draft quickly if you’re just going to spend three years revising the damned thing?!

No, no, no.  Get thee behind me, editor brain!  Back, I say!  Back! <whip crack>

Write Club update:
Personalized rejection from TOTU for “Ashes, Ashes.”  It was one of the final 30 or so stories, and had been recommended by a couple of staff readers, but Eric Heideman had a few problems that prevented the story from making the final cut.  He gave some nicely detailed feedback (handwritten, two pages) and said he’s willing to consider a rewrite for a future reading period.  Response time, almost five months.
And that’s all.  Gotta run.  Almost literally.  (Get back!  Back, I say!)

2 Responses to “Progress Report, in which I feel a hot breath on my shoulder”

  • You know, every time I read your progress reports, I can’t help but think about how similar we seem to be in our writing process. My internal editor is a real bitch too, and I’ve started over on my current project…three times? This is the third attempt, and I’m determined to finish it (well, I have to for SHU), but I know it’s going to have another, very thorough rewrite when it’s all said and done.

    Oh, the joy…why can’t we write it perfectly first time running? 🙂

    Good luck, dear! At least you’re on schedule. I’m quite behind from where I should be at this point. :-/


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