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And You Spin in the Slipstream

Taking a mental health day was just what I needed. See... There was this scene, where two POV arcs collide and combine, involving two pairs of people, all of whom have been pulled into the mystery surrounding the main character's POV while that character is off camera.

Each of these four persons knows a piece of the mystery, and the four characters have to tie it together. Furthermore, one character has history with another character that neither of the other two are aware of, and this comes out at the beginning. And as the pieces fall together, we finally get a sense of what IT is that's been the agent of change out there, and it's a big thing.

This was the scene that ties the four POV arcs together, makes them into two main story arcs. One scene will bring those two together, but that's the next part of the book. So everything hinged on this scene.

Except it wasn't happening. For months. I had no idea where it was going. I've been up many nights during that critical three-to-five-Ay-Em period trying to tie the bits together. I've had a dozen dreams that added a bit or two. But none of it made any sense in the morning after.

So I sat down today after taking a long nap and started to write the scene again. I took out the final paragraph after tweaking the chapter up to that point here and there for nuance and direction. And then it finally started to move. And kept moving. Each piece followed the last with a gentle, deliberate pace.

At the end of it, 3756 words were writ in four hours and the novel is back from the dead.

But why now? Well, because it was my turn left to post in the "mostly novels" group in anticiworkshop and I'd run out of short stories to distract with. So thanks, everyone in Group 1 for being persistent, posting your novel portions regularly and sticking to the target. Your example has been a constant reminder that it may be hard, but it's worthwhile getting done.

Thanks, again.

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arwensouth
Jun. 15th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
Yayyy! The logjam has broken! We finally get to find out what happens next!

It is a good feeling when it happens, isn't it?
barry_king
Jun. 15th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
Let's just hope I haven't ruined it by rushing!
asakiyume
Jun. 15th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
Fantastic news--3,756 words in four hours! That's great! Gentle and deliberate? Maybe--but also prodigious. Way to go!
barry_king
Jun. 15th, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! I seem to come up with a theory every month, but I think I messed up my chemistry trying to discipline myself to a little-a-day strategy. Three times (2 nanowrimos and a friendly challenge). I don't find it hard to write quite a lot in a sitting, but that sitting usually has a lot of percolation behind it.
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