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Ugh.

I suppose it was bound to happen eventually. The constant progress I’ve made on my novel has stalled out. Well, more like puttering along. I’ve written a bit here and there. Just a few paragraphs at a time. Which sucks, because I’m accustom to writing at least four pages a day.

In the meantime I’ve been taking the opportunity to work on my city map. Discovering where the rivers flow and where some flood control channels are located. It’s also forcing me to give a harder look at what areas are residential, commercial, and industrial zones (thanks Sim City).

I think a part of my problem is how much needs to added to the beginning of the book that will help reinforce some plot points I’m reaching now. Now, this sounds like an easy thing to fix. Make a note of it and move on. But I feel that I’m in a unique pickle. See, I have a writing group that has read everything up to this point. And I feel strange writing a chapter based on information that they haven’t read. I don’t want to leave them confused.

So what does that cause me to do? Write that information into those chapters. But then that information feels forced and I don’t like it. Which has handicapped my forward progress. I’ve played with the idea of writing a small forward on my next submission. Something for my group explaining what is being added. But I’m not sure how that will go over.

A couple of them read my blog, so I’m sure they’ll weigh in on how they would perceive it.

In the meantime I’ll keep plugging away a few sentences at a time until the dam breaks and I’m back in action. It’s really my only course of action at this point.

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6 Comments

  1. philosophidian says:

    As a member OF that writing group, I have a suggestion: Don’t worry about us. 🙂 Put a quick summary at the top of the newly submitted parts saying, “I changed this, that, and the other, so keep that in mind while reading.”

    I’ve done that before.

  2. beatbox32 says:

    Jeffrey,

    As an outsider looking in, it seems like you’re debating whether to write for the group or write for the story. I think you know which one makes more sense. I would at least take notes, like you mentioned, in case you decide to expand upon them in the beginning chapter. And it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing, right? You can put much of it out there up front and sprinkle some of it within the chapters. It may seem less forced that way.

    Anyway, just some rambling thoughts from someone facing the same issue, but much earlier in the writing process! 🙂

    Good luck!

  3. philosophidian says:

    Also…I have this problem where, no matter what I’m writing, ideas flow for everything else but what I’m working on. Maybe if you were to try to come up with an idea for a new story to write after this one, it will stop you from trying so hard, and you’ll get ideas for your novel.

    (Says the man who is collecting all kinds of notions for novels 2, 3, and 4 of his series before novel 1 is complete.)

  4. Bill says:

    Jeff, as a member of THAT group, I have been told to note the changes and write on. You were one of them. Its good advice…follow your own advice…put pen to paper and let it rip.

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