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The Road to Hell is Paved with Works-in-Progress

So I’m sitting here in Starbucks, staring at my computer screen, my to-do list, and the Word documents that have my new novel on it. It’s not that I have writer’s block so to speak, because I have a million ideas. Not to be too cocky, but they’re pretty good ones, too. Whenever I tell people the basis of my new book, they get excited, and they tell me that it sounds exciting and interesting.

That’s awesome. It really is. Now if I could only find the right way to write it so that the awesome ideas aren’t lost in the shuffle of awful writing.

That’s my biggest issue with writing. By nature, I’m more of a beautiful description kind of person. I get caught up in describing and telling my reader what is going on. (Think Jane Austen – that’s my automatic writing style.) I’ve gotten better about it, but I won’t deny that sometimes I have to rewrite things to make sure that my reader doesn’t get confused or lose interest.

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Like I mentioned, I’m working on my next novel. I don’t really work on it during the school year because I don’t have the time for it. This means that I set goals for myself for how much writing I need to achieve during my time off.

Of course, I have to flexible some times. Writing doesn’t always work out the way you want it too. And that’s okay. For example, when I sat down to start writing again, it turns out that I was working on the most important scene in the book so far. It’s definitely in the top 5 moments of important scenes overall. I need to do it right to set the tone for the main event of the book, so I would rather take my time than write it poorly for the sake of writing my 2,000 words a day.

I ended up taking around 5 hours over 2 days for a 500-word scene. And I’ll probably go back to it later and spend another 5 hours on it to make it absolutely perfect. But it was worth it.

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On a different note, I have a couple of reminders for you and another giveaway!

1. My birthday giveaway
2. My reader survey
3. I’m participating in another giveaway with Miss Glam Dan for her birthday!

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