So not really sure if editor's block is a thing, but I am making it if it's not. I've heard and experienced the frustration of writer's block before, but I naively thought that as long as I could get words down on paper (or screen) the hard part would be over.
I made the now embarrassing proclamation to my previous beta readers to be ready for a rough draft any day now and to see if their schedules were clear. They all enthusiastically agreed and were eager to get some pages to read.
That was two months ago.
OK, I could make a few excuses. My first round of edits came back for Four Corners, so that took me out of commission for about a little bit. Then I decided to give NaNoWriMo a shot and start book three, I think I wrote for about 14 collective days, so to be generous to myself that knocks a month off, that still puts me a month behind my own goal.
So what is my problem? I've read through the draft a number of times and highlighted the areas that need a bit of work or where I want to include a few characters in some scenes, nothing overly complicated, but then I look at my five 3x5 cards with notes on them and I freeze. It seems like an impossible task. I keep trying to break it into small pieces, but the other loom over me, making it next to impossible to focus.
I've had my word doc opened for an hour. I only succeeded in scrolling to page four, the first that needs attention, out of a total of 254 pages. Only 250 to go? (trying to stay positive over here...)
But I guess with so many things, the only way out is through.
Here I go, wish me luck, and feel free to give suggestions if you've ever struggled with The Dread of editing.
It feels like something hijacked this year, somehow we are already into December. NaNoWriMo is over, and while I did not "finish", I got a really solid start on book three. I wasn't necessarily expecting to hit the 50,000 word mark (ended up with a bit over 16,000), but I am grateful that it gave me the motivation to get back in the world of the Four Corners and start giving some closure to my characters and myself.
If I've learned nothing else through what I will call the trilogy writing process it is this: it's hard, time consuming, and draining (I guess a trilogy within a trilogy). It also gives me a much greater respect and sympathy for authors who write each in sections instead of all at once and break it up. While I can't imagine writing 150,000 or so word at once, I see the appeal in getting the whole story out and then editing and chopping it into three pieces. I find it difficult not only to keep the voice and momentum going, but to simply not forget characters. This is something I realized I did in book two (sorry Omire!) and have to go back and add him in.
I used to get frustrated with authors who take 1-2 years between books. Now I am scared if I am even going to be able to do each installment of mine that quickly! It is a fine line between getting your product in the hands of your eager readers before they forget all about you and giving them a quality thing to have. I am in awe of those out there that time it all perfectly.
So as the first book in the Four Corners series is fast approaching release (one reason I'm anxious for 2015 to start!), I hope you can all bear with me and stay with me as we take this journey together. Don't give up on us, I promise you, it will be worth it.