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can't sleep books will eat me

maybe i should cry for help

--30--, sorta

Well, I am declaring this thing a draft.

It's not by any means a good draft, but I've had the realization that I can't actually write the climactic three or four chapters of the novel until I go back and fix all the bits of things I need to fix in the earlier chapters of the draft, because it includes adding a lot of new material, and that material has a direct bearing on the emotional climax of the book.

I can't do that in the next four days, and I need some distance from the book right now anyway.

So currently, those chapters are represented by a reasonably detailed scene by scene outline. And about 100 unwritten pages of manuscript.

My drop dead date for the book is May 1; by then I will have fixed all this stuff and created a publishable manuscript.

Stories are hard.



104000 / 120000 words. 87% done!

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Hooray for knowing the direction (and that you need a break before you can go back and fill holes so you can write the climax). I always like the feeling of having a plan and that I know the rough shape of the story, even if, you know, I still have to write the thing.
Ouch. i get this, a little. Would it help to say that based on everything I've read of yours, i have no doubt you can pull it off?

meantime, I hope you get to have some fun in these next few days.

(I don't know what i'm going to do when I have to cope with this plus deadline pressure.)
Thank you.

More and more this seems to be what I need to do. Or maybe it's what I always did, but I notice it now because I am working closer to deadlines...
Don't think of it as a break, think of it as giving your brain time to digest and process all the things you know you need to do to get the book the way it needs to be. Seems like you've realized consciously what you already knew unconsciously -- you need some down time.
I wasn't looking for advice, thanks.