‘m so behind in my word count goal for book 3, it’s not even funny. (To be fair I attempted to write a joke for how far behind I am, but I’ve got nothing).
I’ve said numerous times that writing book 3 has been like pulling teeth with no anesthetic and tweezers, and every time I think I’ve got it all under control something new comes up. Apparently the fact that I’ve plotted so much in advance and yet still left minor things to happen naturally means that the minor things will attempt to crumble the major storyline.
Obviously this is all stuff I can manage in edits, but getting things written down is sometimes difficult. I wish I could explain it better, but at the risk of giving too much information away as usual I must remain rather vague. Suffice it to say, I know what’s going to happen and I think that’s part of the problem. What needs to happen, versus what is currently happening aren’t matching up at times and so it’s forcing me to come up with a sort of alternative hybrid that manages to stitch together what’s happening with what I want to happen.
Maybe Bridge of Memories and Goddess of Carnage were easier because I had written them before, and in the case of Bridge of Memories I’d written them many many times before. I had a good idea of what was going to happen going into both books because even though, especially in the case of Bridge of Memories a lot changed, the general idea was still the same. However in the case of book 3, I have no jumping off points like I had with the first two books. I have nothing to reference and while I know what’s supposed to happen and how I want it all to ultimately come to a head, getting there is increasingly an uphill battle. Or at least, that’s how it feels to me. How quickly I forget however… Goddess of Carnage had moments like these. Sure I did end up writing the book in six weeks, but that doesn’t mean that it was ever a cake walk. It’s easy, after all is said and done to remember writing the book as the easiest part, but writing is never easy, nor should it be. That said… book 3 feels harder than most.
I have 3 weeks left in February. 3 weeks in which to attempt to make it to 125k, which considering I’ve yet to reach my halfway point (sadly), I am not entirely sure is possible. I know that I shouldn’t rush myself, I learned that a long time ago, and for the most part, I haven’t. But it’s hard not to feel like you should be going faster.