Author Problems

You know that moment when you have a random conversation about your best story ideas with a fellow author and it reminds you of a short story you wrote for a contest over a year ago?

Which, because of plot bunnies running wild (or maybe they were given fertility drugs), turned into the first chapter of a novel.

A novel I have not worked on since then.

That I am now reading again to see what I wrote.

And that is now nagging at me to write more of it again.

As if I don’t have ENOUGH ideas in my head. I’ve already got one particularly nasty villain yelling at me to finish the scene I’m on in her story because she’s enjoying it, and the protagonist begging me to end it and her suffering.

Now I also have a character I haven’t heard in awhile yelling at me to get back to work on her story, plus a second one as well that wants to know how she does in her story, and…

UGH.

I can’t win…

They are quite persistent and noisy up there.

The good news is, I finally did manage to finish the scene the first villain and hero were yelling at me to work on. It ended up being another 2.3k words, making the chapter 14 pages long, but for a first draft I think it turned out alright.

Only now, my problem is figuring out where the next chapter needs to go. I think I have an idea, though.

Sort of.

Maybe.

Kind of.

Eh, I need to think on it a bit more first. I know I had an idea on it the night before, and because idiot me didn’t write it down, it’s slipped my mind a little. I bet if I re-read the end of the chapter I’ll remember. (I hope.)

But I’m writing, at least! That’s the main goal and accomplishment here.

With the beginning of the month here again, I’m going to try again for the 1k-A-Day-Challenge a friend presented to me, and I was crazy enough to want to do.

We shall see how it goes, again, for the…fourth? attempt. I lost track honestly.

If I plan to keep it up, I need about 700 words today to stay on track. Which doesn’t seem like much. If I can just remember where I wanted the next chapter to go…

And I just now realized I never started on those notes for Darkness Becomes Her either. I have the notebook all set up for them, I still have pages bookmarked in a reference book by a bunch of pens sticking out of it. (Because as a writer I grab the first thing available to me to use. Which happened to be pens.) Each time though I go to write more instead of doing the notes.

Go figure.

I think this needs to be one of those things where I just sigh and go hashtag author problems.

(And I hate hashtags.)

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6 thoughts on “Author Problems

  1. That’s me right now. Have twelve ideas teetering in my head but my characters are screaming at me in my current novel. It’s tough but I did a 5k a day challenge a few months ago. I may go back to 1ks cause that burnt me out.

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  2. What’s wrong with writing both, doing each one every other day?

    Write something for one on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and writing for the other one on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays? A few weeks in, you’ll be happy with what you’ve accomplished on both and won’t feel you’re neglecting either.

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