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Jessica Steiner ([personal profile] jessicasteiner) wrote2012-09-03 11:29 am

Changing Things Up

Mortis Unbound is now up online and rolling and I'm working each day on trying to get reviews and get the word out without being utterly obnoxious about it. So my plan was to get back to The Dreaming and get that draft finished.

I'm about 80,000 words into the novel and it's about 3/4 done. But I've been trying to get back into it for about two months, and it's been a struggle. Part of that struggle has been life-related - the stress of buying a house and some work-related stress of trials and craziness that took a lot of energy. It's hard to keep up on writing every day when all you want to do when you get home is collapse on the couch and watch Lost. (Yeah, I'm a bit behind on pop culture).

But after a lot of thinking, I've come to the conclusion that there's more going on here than life stress.

Last week, I listened to an episode of Writing Excuses, a podcast I've kept up with pretty religiously over the last four years. Dan Wells was talking about his new novel, Hollow City, which has a lot of things in common with Dreaming. As I was listening to what he was saying, I realized that there's quite a few things about the novel that just aren't coming out the way I want them to. A lot of things that are making me dissatisfied with how it's coming together.

Now, I could plough through and get the last quarter finished, then go back and edit, but I feel like until I figure out how to fix the problems I want to fix, I will be wasting my time, writing a lot of things that I'll just throw out later. I've been struggling through this novel for two years already, and I'm fearful that if I stick with it right now, it'll be another year before I finish the draft.

So I've decided to put Dreaming on hold and work on a new novel that I'm more excited about, edit the hell out of OtherWhere, and then come back fresh to Dreaming and rework it from scratch.

I feel a bit bad about the decision. I don't want to be the kind of person who drops projects when they get hard and go with the next shiny thing - professional writers are not like that - but I talked it over with my wife and she agrees that this is the right thing to do. So hopefully there'll be more frequent updates as I set this project aside and free up my mind to work on something new and fun.
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[personal profile] the_rck 2012-09-03 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Part of being a professional is admitting when something isn't working. If the story's not working, it's not working. Going on to another project for a while makes sense. Maybe time will give you an idea for fixing what's wrong with the project.
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly 2012-09-04 03:01 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, if it's not working, it's not working. I hope the other project works better.

Also, I love Writing Excuses! I recently caught up after a long time of not listening and holy crap, Mary Robinette Kowal makes it even better, which I would not have thought was possible.
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly 2012-09-04 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
The only Writing Excuses member whose work I've read is Howard Tayler... see, Schlock Mercenary is available free online XD Though I have the John Cleaver trilogy in paper, and a sample of Shades of Milk and Honey, so I probably will be reading those.

Oh wait! I forgot. I tried to read Mistborn and couldn't get through it. So... there's quite a range there.
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly 2012-09-04 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
That's funny, I really love webcomics and read lots of them, but despite trying really hard to get into MSPA I just couldn't! It baffled me. So I guess we're webcomic opposites XD