One of the fun things about writing is backtracking.
And this isn’t a case of backtracking so much as reworking. Although I had about 40 k written of book 2 some time last year, a good deal of it has needed to be revamped a bit to fit with all the changes in book 1.
Which is fine, except that for every 1000 words I seem to write, I get stuck yanking out about 500 somewhere else.
The good news is that some of those yanked bits will be able to be put back in a little later on. The better news is that I’m getting to the end of the old stuff, so pretty soon it should nearly all be new stuff.
It’s just a little frustrating to be busting my hump to write a minimum of 1500 – 2000 words a day, just to watch the final word count stay where it is, or gods help me, go backwards. Internally I know I’m moving forward, but I still close the word doc feeling a bit unsatisfied. (Sort of what I imagine trying to lick a hedgehog ice cream cone would be like, eh?)
At any rate, just based on the sheer amount of work I have (let’s ballpark it at about 60 k in 6 weeks) and my propensity to procrastinate, I’m going on a bit of a hiatus as far as the social networking goes – at least in the evenings. I’m just too easily distracted – and I can fully admit that. I’ve notified the DMs of my PbP games that I’ll probably have to take a break from them as well, which sucks because I really enjoy them, but I’ll also use them as an excuse NOT to work on my book – and I can’t do that right now.
So, if I’m a little slow to answer emails and such, this is why. (Plus my first pass pages are due at the end of the month AND I have to get the first chapter of Book 2 ready so that it can be inserted as a teaser into BoD.)
Remember this when you all decide you want to write a book. You know, in your spare time.