Writing, Emotions, and Other Stuff
Okay, so here’s the thing, I have a novel to write in 10 weeks. The deadline is September 1 and I started June 20. (I started before that but it took me a couple tries to get on the right track). So what to do? Novels take time to write, to develop, to unfold. Storylines are complex, as are characters. How do I write a compelling story that keeps moving forward with interesting characters in 10 weeks?
Well, I think I’ve come up with a plan, a tactical strategy, if you will. Only thing is, I don’t want to reveal it just yet. No putting the cart before the horse here. Once I’m finished and the manuscript is approved by my editor, then I’ll reveal my technique.
Another thing, I’ve recently figured out why I had such a hard time getting back into writing and establishing my “writing legs” again. Cancer is emotionally taxing. Coming off my year-long battle I was emotionally spent and writing is an emotional process. I had nothing left over for writing. I’m discovering now that by writing, though, I’m able to work through some of those issues. But it’s also emotionally tiring.
Case in point. Last night I wrote a particularly emotional scene and when I was finished I literally felt spent. Headache, fatigue, even my voice was hoarse. The whole nine yards. Weird. I think my emotional stores are low and it’s easy to deplete them.
But I’m on course to complete the novel by deadline. As of last night I’ve completed 53,000 words.