This week has been a hard slog…to no real progress. Well, none that moves the percentage bar. I’ve come across a few issues with my scenes in the form of wishy-washy scene goals. Up until this week it wasn’t noticeable. That was until I started working on the Character pass. It would have been okay; the characters all have scene goals in there, somewhere, and the story still flows and entertains.
It didn’t become a real problem in my eyes until Monday when I was nearing the end of a novel by one of my fave authors. There were several issues in the book, but the one that stood out–because I was dealing with it myself–was that the characters just seemed to go along with the story to get to the overall story goal. It didn’t engage me the way that that author normally does. The problem? The characters didn’t have any concrete scene goals.
Looking at my big stack of index cards with lots of weak-ish scene goals wasn’t too daunting. Yet, I couldn’t get myself to focus. At all. Day after day, my progress slowed to a snail’s pace. Something was wrong.
After a quick look through my planner (I’m a planner geek), I realised that I hadn’t had a day off since 11th June. I promptly freaked out at the thought of taking a day off, until I remembered that Jez was off work for a couple of weeks. So, I’ve decided to take a week or so off to give my inner chimp (Neenee) some downtime, and me some time to unwind and refill the creative well–movies, Halo, and some baking.
Which brings me to the wee bit on Genre Scribes. I’m going to take a break from Genre Scribes until October. Once I get back into Working the Asset, I really want to focus solely on that.
For now, I’m off to make some wheat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free cookies. 🤤
Thanks for reading, stay safe, stay awesome!
6 thoughts on “Writing Update and A wee bit about Genre Scribes”
Go for it, Susan! Not sure about the totally-wholesome cookies, but putting your full attention to the novel is an excellent idea. You anticipated my own plan to scale back a bit on my blog. Much as I enjoy writing the 2 little series, they do distract me from concentrating on the flow my novel, so they’ll both be wrapping up pretty soon. Perfect timing! Although I’ll continue to wonder what Amy and Kelvin are up to 😉
Massive apologies for the super-late reply… my break has expanded… quite a bit.
I totally agree on the distraction of blog stories, and for the same flow reason. I have some home distraction stuff to deal with (taking a few weeks to declutter so I can focus on work), but I’ll have Amy and Kelvin back on the site. Though, my initial idea of October is out the window.
Got my reading glasses on and I’m heading over to your site to catch up on your awesome series. 🤓
Enjoy your break!
Hi all 😃 My wife, Susan, put this totie bob (posy or small bouquet in Scots) together whilst we were out for a walk at Palacerigg Country Park yesterday. There’ll be more posts from our wee trek other the next few days.
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