Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Getting From Middle To End

I think the middle must be the toughest part of the story. You know, except for the rest of it.

My book is going very slowly (as I’m writing this, my word count is ~45K). It’s kind of frustrating. I used to be able to churn out a rough draft in under two months. Of course, none of those books are even remotely readable, so maybe that isn’t such a bad thing. It’s just hard to keep thinking that way when you live in a world where you’re supposed to do things both quickly and perfectly.

It’s coming along. So I keep telling myself. I really like how this story is shaping up. Sometimes I worry that the main character doesn’t have enough of a personality, that it’s only the things that happen to her that make her interesting, but that’s probably a problem for editing. And I still like her. With all the crap going on her life, she deals with everything as practically as she can. Including the fact that someone almost killed her. She’s definitely someone I’m rooting for. But maybe I’m biased.

Still, there are so many things that I wonder about. Is the story interesting enough? Am I handling it right? Will I ever actually finish? Still having figured that one out. I have an ending in my. It’s getting to it that need to figure out. Yeah, I know this is why people outline but I was afraid if I stopped to do that I’d never actually get to writing. You got to keep up the momentum, you know?

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to. How’s your writing going?


  1. That's what editing is for. Just get the main story down and worry about interesting in the next phase.

  2. Better to get it right and flesh out things through the editing and revision process.

  3. Writing? What's that? (Oh, I just looked up. I see great minds think alike.)

    I finally figured out how to end this one story. That I haven't touched in two years. Maybe in May I'll have time. (She says while laughing...)

  4. Don't worry too much about the characterization in this draft. Once you have the story down, and the character's reacts to the plot points, you can flesh things out when you revise, giving her more beck story to show why she reacts the way she does. First drafts are always messy, but you can't clean them up until you have something there to clean.


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