There comes a point almost every time I write a book that I hit a “difficult” period. Now, this is a relative statement–nothing about this is actually difficult and I am hyperaware that millions of people are suffering with real physical issues on a day-to-day basis. So bear with me…
Somewhere in act two, when there is a respite before the final sweep into the third act and the end of the story, I slow the pace down and too often I stall. I love the race to the finish and the desperate need to get to the final scene, which most of the time I have in my head before I’ve written the opening chapters. Just before that, I stop and find the words not flowing out of my fingers onto the screen.
They hover undefined at the back of my mind as I try to eke them out into my consciousness. Until then I spend days with virtually no output and that then scares me. I remember that awful Becky Greene winter and wonder if I am about to head into another one of those scenarios. It’s been two days now and I’ve only managed two paragraphs. The aftermath of the murder I mentioned last week is now a distant memory–for me and my characters–and we are left with the need to keep on going.
On a more positive note, ahem, I am days away from publishing the second episode of my Awakenings story (and still less than a dollar an episode).
On a sales note, look out on July 3 if you are in the US as there will be a price drop to 99c for The Bowery Slugger and it quite literally won’t get cheaper than that.
On a newsletter note, those of you who subscribe to my newsletter will shortly (within the next week or so) get an extra message from me to help you manage what kind of content you see in the newsletter. I mention this here so the email is not a total surprise to you.
I hope you have a safe and enjoyable week.