The Writer’s Craft #45 – Stall at the Finish Line
Your host, Lynda Williams, talks about her challenge getting going again with the conclusion of her 10-novel saga with just 40,000 words to go to the end. Follow discussions on Ethics in SF and more on her blog, Reality Skimming, administered by Michelle Milburn.
Finally, I have a morning to write again after a very busy period and some major changes in my life. And I’ve stalled.
Part 7: Healer’s Sword of my ten-novel saga is coming out this month, Part 8: Gathering Storm is on its way to me with edits and Craig Bowlsby has delivered the fencing scene I needed for the end of Part 9: Holy War. I’m 60,000 words into the rough draft of Part 10: Unholy Science. I’ve been planning this conclusion for nearly 20 years. Angela, my middle daughter, is youtube-blogging about my series to encourage me. Krysia Anderson, author of the Misfit series set in the Okal Rel Universe, is asking for more sneak previews.
This is no time for writer’s block!
But I haven’t written a word today and tomorrow there’s too much to do for me to risk getting “into” my book. Because like many writers, even though I make some money at my craft, I work, too. And that means I am often away from my work-in-progress for weeks or even months.
Christmas is my master plan. Over the holidays, when I am with my family, I am going to re-read what I’ve got so far; bask in my family’s encouragement; — The occasional threat is motivating, too. — And transport myself, once more, to the magic state in which the Okal Rel Universe flows through me, brought to life in this world again.
Do you stall at the finish line? How to you re-boot yourself when life draws you away?