Crap on toast.

This morning I had one of those “Ohhhh!” moments of writerly epiphany, when I realized why I’ve been finding the last three or four chapters of the Work-In-Progress something of a struggle, where the run up to that point had been really fairly easy. It’s because I screwed up and shouldn’t have written those chapters. I took the story in entirely the wrong direction, and I’ve ended up in this awful spot where nothing’s been happening; just a whole lot of exposition and introducing my main characters to new people for four chapters.

The good news about the epiphany is that I know exactly what I did wrong and where I did it. The bad news? I’ve been working on Chapter 13…and now, tonight, after I re-read the thing to refresh certain details in my head and prime the pump, I’ll be back on Chapter 9. Oh well.

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2 Responses to Crap on toast.

  1. Roger Owen Green says:

    see, THAT is why I'll never write in long form; I'd be crushed by the process.

  2. M. D. Jackson says:

    Yeah, that happens to me all the time. Eventually you get better at recognizing it before you go too far down those blind alleys.

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