Not much really to update about. Life’s been pretty ordinary, though busy.
I’m still working on finishing this first draft, although I’m really struggling with the end. I’m not sure how Naomi is going to escape her from her kidnappers, or how she’s going to even be found for that matter. I had some ideas, but then I realized that I’ll have to add back one of the POV characters that I originally deleted. So, now I get to go back throughout the book and put in those once deleted chapters again (good thing I still have the original draft that had them!). But that also means that I’m going to need to add them fairly soon for my critique group or they’re going to be seriously confused (as if I haven’t confused them enough with the constant midstream changes).
Oh well. I suppose I’ll just write what I have planned in the summary. Generally things change along the way as I’m actually writing the chapter, so maybe some epiphany will hit.
On the non-writing front, my next two weekends are going to be insane. Saturday is a rather unexpected wedding, which my husband just found out two weeks ago he was in. I only just found out the bride’s name three days ago! We get to be there bright and early at 8:45 in the morning. I’m so bringing a book to read while Phil is off doing the picture thing and I wait for the wedding to start
After the wedding, I’ll be making a trip to this new bakery I found to pick up donuts for church. Actually, it’s not new, it’s been around since the 1960s, but I only just discovered it. They’re open 24 hours too! Not many bakeries are open all day like that. And they have the best donuts–I love their caramel nut glazed donuts. Anyway, I need to get a dozen donuts to bring to our “Sonrise Service” on Easter. Gotta admit, not looking forward to getting up at 7 a.m. (so NOT a morning person) but it’s once a year and it’s Easter so why not?
Next weekend is my writer’s conference in Cincinnati (Hamilton actually). Definitely not looking forward to getting up at 6 that morning
Can I say I’m just looking forward to the next few weeks passing by quickly?
Well I finally was able to come up with (most) of the last segment of the novel. It’s all jotted down in my trusty little notebook.
I had a difficult time trying to figure out the middle of the section. I had the beginning, when Kaiyo was kidnapped already written out, but I couldn’t figure out how to write what led up to the end of her captivity. I believe I have something plausible enough, though it will probably change through the editing process. Anyway, at least it’s something and I’m not at a road block any more.
I probably should have written the ending of the section, even if it was out of order. But for some reason I have a difficult time working out of sequence.
Anyway, now all I have to do is figure out how the book ends. There’s three different possiblilites but I’m not sure which one I want to go with. I may end up writing each ending and seeing how it flows or goes with the story. Perhaps my critique group can give me some advice on which ending to choose, although we won’t reach the ending for months (if not more than a year). There’s also the AW forums, and I’ve already had some help from the great writers over there in sections I got stumped at.
Oh I’m so close to ending this…I hope I can get it done in the next week or two. Unfortunately I will be unable to work on it much during the weekend as EVERY WEEKEND IN MARCH has something (friends from college days are coming up Thursday this week and staying until Monday morning; next weekend, hubby has a business trip to Virginia and my parents are coming down with my sister; the 21st is a baby shower for a family member; the last weekend, more guests are coming down to stay with us…phew! It’s making me tired just thinking about it!)
I’ll need to make time during the week if I want this first draft done this month.
So, I’m getting closer and closer to the end of my novel, yet I’m encountering a bit of writer’s block on how to end it. I am finding flaws in every possibility (too cliched and too unrealistic mainly). I know I should just let it simmer, but really, that’s all I’ve done for the past year
Basically, it’s this–I’m trying to figure out how my MC is rescued/discovered (she’s been kidnapped by enemies of her father’s). And I’m at a complete loss.
I thought that maybe somehow someone from the house she’s staying at got the word out, but then the house would be monitored and guarded too well for that to happen. That is also a bit on the cliched side too.
Argh. My brain hurts thinking about it.
It’s so frustrating. I hate not knowing and not being able to figure it out! I know it will come to me at some point but it’s hard waiting and trying to find it.
As a writer, what do you do in situations like this? How do you calm yourself down and wait for that elusive Muse to enlighten you?