Ain’t Gonna Happen

Last Friday, I wrote like my fingers were on fire, and hammered over four thousand words into my manuscript, and I’m happy to say I only cut about fifty out the next day. That’s special. That’s exciting. That’s what every writer wants to do! Four thousand wonderful words! Three chapters! Five scenes! Yeah!

The conditions were just right. My mind was clear; I’d had plenty of rest; MSB had left for work at ten instead of two, so I could write during my optimum hours for a change. It’s true. I’m a morning person. Give me a pot of coffee and some solitude in the a.m. hours, and I’m good to go.

Over four thousand words. How I’d love to do that again.

After the ACFW Conference in late September fired me up again, I had dreams of finishing The Cat Lady’s Secret before the holidays. But things happen. At this point, I could write four thousand words a day every day until MSB’s vacation starts next week and still be short almost thirty-thousand words.

But let’s check that sentence: “I could write four thousand words a day.” Hah! I wish! I’ve slowed worse than the snail in the picture since then.

So much of my writing process involves pacing and staring into space until a scene develops in my head. Last Friday, I didn’t have to budge from my chair. The words just kept coming. But since then–eh, not so much. Not that I don’t know where I’m going with the story. I do. I know exactly what’s going to happen in Part III and even Part IV–but I’m in the latter half of Part II and am having to build up to that midway point. Throughout most of this first half, I’ve let my character play and fall in love and easily overcome obstacles that will return full force to plow her under. Now, I’m cranking up the tension, increasing conflict, setting her up for a big ol’ mess to deal with–all while trying not to reveal too much about too many things.

Writing is hard. Darn it.

I need my muse to settle on my shoulder again so I can whip out four or five thousand words a day, because MSB goes on vacation for two weeks starting Monday (which means he’s off from Saturday the 20th until Monday the 6th), which means we’ll be gone as often as we’re home–things I look forward to, truly–but it also means I won’t be able to write. Following his vacation, I’ll be in Bryan to help Mom prepare for Christmas, then maybe I’ll have a week to myself–probably spent wrapping presents and addressing cards.

So, apparently, when I said I’d finish the manuscript before the holidays, I meant Thanksgiving 2011–’cause it ain’t gonna happen in 2010!

About Linda W. Yezak

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8 Responses to Ain’t Gonna Happen

  1. Ha, ha! You sound just like me. I planned to be finished before Christmas with revisions of both my books. I’m going to be lucky to be finished with one. Writing is hard! But, one thing they said at ACFW conference is that the timing is in God’s hand. Sometimes we are slowed down for a reason. Blessings on you and your writing!


    • Linda Yezak says:

      Thanks Sheila. They’re right. God’s timing is the best. I just wish this clay vessel He gave me to live in came equipped with patience!


  2. Keith McCormick says:

    Great post Linda, thank you it’s really made me reflect. There were times when I would cram or push myself into almost a frenzy, something would just break loose and it’s the greatest feeling.If it does enjoy it,if it doesn’t it wasn’t meant to be and you’ve got something to look forward to.*However* most of all enjoy the holidays.


    • Linda Yezak says:

      I wish something would “break loose” every time I sat down to write, but it’s not to be.

      Hope you enjoy the holidays, too! 🙂


  3. K.M. Weiland says:

    Bring on the conflict! I actually find the conflict-heavy scenes are by far the easiest to write. If the character are arguing, then at least I know the dialogue will keep flowing. 8)


  4. Love this that Sheila said:

    But, one thing they said at ACFW conference is that the timing is in God’s hand.

    I’m leaning into that today.


    • Linda Yezak says:

      No matter how quickly I want things done, He always gets His way about when they actually *do* get done. Of course, His way is always best!


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