Writing process

Change of writing scenery

Winter is coming for half the world. For us, Summer is coming.
Winter is coming for half the world. For us, Summer is coming.

I’m sitting here at our local McDonald’s, blearily trying to calculate whether the onset of daylight saving last night means we have to leave our Confluence giveaway open an hour longer than we said we would. (I know, but the caffeine hasn’t kicked in yet, and I did stay up late reading Connie Willis’ Crosstalk, which wouldn’t have been too bad except I put the clock forward just before I got into bed and suddenly it was 1:30.)

But I am writing.

I haven’t written much over the last few days, so it’s nice to feel the words coming so easily.

Writing can be like that.  Ilona Andrews describes it well with her writer’s circle of woe.

Right now we’re both at the ‘Just get to the end, just get to the end’ stage.

Most writers I know go through stages of something similar.

  • “I love this idea.  I love the characters. I’m enjoying this.”
  • “This book is terrible.”
  • “Maybe it’s not so bad.”

The trick is to not stop writing.  No matter what. Not until a draft is done.  Even if you have to find somewhere else to write for a while.

Hence my trip to McDonald’s.  We’ve got to get this big first draft finished.

Once that’s done, the next step is to put it away for a while and work on something else.  But that’s a while away yet, and another blog.

In other news. Giveaway winner coming soon.

And we’ll put the first chapter up online (as soon as I get home from McDonald’s) for those who want to read it.

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