Frustration doesn’t begin to explain the depth of what I’ve experienced today, or the duration of my absence from WordPress. However, we’ll not get down to the nitty gritty depths of what one writer feels. Instead we can explore what hasn’t been covered in the prolonged absence, or what has been uncovered. We all have our moments and days where we are on one of life’s perpetual roller-coaster rides. Always hitting the ups followed by the sudden downward motion.
During my posting absence… which is minor when you consider the number of blogs and places to contend with and divide my time between, I’ve been doing everything BUT what I’m supposed to. You see, I have this novel and it’s complete, only it needs editing and I’ve done little to it. Well that is until this week. I’ve managed to work through the dreaded chapter 3 and re-write the bulk of it. But that has since become Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 due to its length. Chapter 4 which I’m working on now, will become Chapter 6 when I’m done. Can you see the pattern here? It seems this round of edits is more on the re-writing than cutting back, is this normal? Is this how it’s meant to be?
I dare say that I’ve been enjoying the progress, because I have and I haven’t. You see edits are pesky little things that take up far more of your time than writing the first draft ever did. Can you imagine it? You spend months writing your love childs story from start to finish, only to go back and re-write the whole thing and double the writing time as you go. Two months of writing is turning into 4 months of editing as the process has taken me so far… and I’m only on Chapter 4???
Dear lord what have I let myself in for? No one told me how long the process would take, I guess that was because: A) I would never write the book in the first place and B)… Well we know how that goes don’t we, so we shall leave it hanging there.
While I’ve tortured myself, hung drawn and quartered well and truly, I have fallen on my laurels and absent mindedly written nothing towards the short story which has a deadline. I am disorganised and unfocused in all area’s except the blog deadlines for this tour I’m part of. The last post on that was all about Writers Block. Writers around the world know how that one goes, but on a lighter note, it helped me to see a few area’s that I could work on and develop.
You want to know what they are huh? …. Well I’ll tell you. Bear with me while I analyse the consensus of information and delve into the heart of matters uncovered. Oh to heck with this, I’ll tell you another time. While we wait for that time to come, why don’t you go and read my thoughts on writers block. The link is posted here for you to check out. Happy Reading everyone, oh and don’t run into those hurdles, what ever you do!
Writers Block, do you fear it or find it a blessing in disguise. Come check out my thoughts on this very daunting prospect over on Dvora’s blog.