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IWSG: Falling Behind

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This month I’m insecure about not meeting my self-imposed deadlines.

I started June with a plan to finish Brynnde by the end of it. Alas, it was not to be. There was so much to do leading up to the end of the school year (x3 kids), and now summer has set in and . . . I’m trying to let go of my concerns about writing and just enjoy the now, the summer, the kids, the activities, but it’s difficult sometimes.

And then when I do get time to sit and write I find I’m stymied. Ugh. I’m lucky to eke out a couple paragraphs. It’s like I’ve dried up in the summer heat.

I really wanted Brynnde to be done for the conferences I’m attending, one of which is mid-August, the other not until October. It’s not the worst thing if it’s not done for August, but I have an author’s table at the October conference and would really, really like to have the book ready for that. Especially since I don’t know if Changers will be in print yet at that point. (Cross your fingers that it is!)

So that’s what I’m struggling with at the moment.

IWSG Question of the Month: What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

Someone once told me how glad they were that I hadn’t written a simple “happily ever after” when two characters got together, that I showed the real struggles of managing a relationship rather than glossing over it. (I had written a series of stories in which the characters came together, and the series extended past the HEA point and had the characters negotiating that new relationship.) The reader liked that it felt real to life as well as true to the characters involved. That compliment has stayed with me over the past few years.

Another nice thing someone said wasn’t about my writing per se, but I was talking to an editor at Tor who was asking me about Changers—specific, world-building questions—and told me she was impressed I was able to answer them all. “You’ve thought it through,” she said. “There’s no worse answer than ‘that’s just how it is in this world.'” So I was glad to pass that “test”!

The Question of the Month can be found in the IWSG newsletter.



Comments (3) for post “IWSG: Falling Behind”

  • As a rare blood courier, I am always running behind in my writing. Sometimes working 27 out of the weekend 48 hours leaves me spent and too drained to write much of anything on my next 2 days off. Like you, I am trying to finish my new book, The Not-So-Innocents at Large, in time to have it ready for my birthday October 9th (just a gimmick to plead with my fans to buy my book as a birthday present to me — shameful I know!! The presidential race must be rubbing off in me.)

    Nice compliment — a realistic ending stays with the reader longer and has more impact I believe. I wish you success in finishing your book in time.

  • Those are two awesome compliments! Passing the test is great, and especially from the tough editors at Tor. Summer is rough. You’ll get through it. Just keep focused on the things coming up! 🙂

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