July 3rd, 2003

bear by san

Books. I hate those guys.

Well, I'm well and truly stuck. Stuck in that annoying fashion where you know more or less what happens, but you're having a Hell of a time getting the story to move forward on the page. So I'm generating copious amounts of outline.

Part of the challenge is that I have these smaller, episodic arcs that tie into one larger arc, and about enough conflicts for about five novels, and--Hell. It's just a big, big book. And my head is going to have to grow about two or three sizes to fit around it.

I did get almost 600 words of outline notes and so forth written today. I currently have 173 continguous manuscript pages and an additional 16 pages of scene-and-outline on top of that, and I'm wondering if in large part I'm not stuck with a novel that wishes to be written out of order.

And I'm about to go take another crack at the second half of Act II, Scene iv. Which needs its little nose rubbed in its mess.... I have about 40K of book, in other words, and I've been working on it just a little under a month. So really, I need to get off my own back. Especially considering the amount of research this has taken.

Although I may have just figured out what I needed to get to get my teeth into this scene, after two days of thrashing. Sometimes whining at the Muse works, after all.
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bear by san

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Words: 1859 and end of that scene that was kickin mah butt. This doesn't feel like a breakthrough so much as time on the treadmill, but at least it's exercise.
Reason for stopping: Tired and shagged out following a prolonged sqwaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAck!

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--Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta

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In other news, I still hate this book.
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