First off, I apologize for the title, but I genuinely enjoy the doge meme way more than an adult should. Also, I am not that great with titles.
I should also apologize for not keeping this as up-to-date as many in the blogging world are probably used to. As much as I write about, well, writing, I tend to be pretty poor about the actual process of it all. I would love to keep this one steady, but I will admit that most of my blogs eventually run out of content fairly quickly. This one, having an actual goal and process behind it with the creation of The Sky Thief will certainly have more directed content, but it can still be hard to keep this thing from getting dusty now and then.
Which is really what this article is about. I have finally reached the last chapter of my first novel. The last hurrah. The set-up for the rest of the franchise. And I can’t figure out a damn thing to write about it.
I have often heard from others in writing forums and blogs that if you feel like you are bored with what you are writing, then you probably shouldn’t be writing. I certainly agree with that sentiment. However, what if you are struggling to write because your head is already focusing on the next book, the upcoming “big” scenes, and the action you can create?
It’s true that if you are finding something boring, it will likely hurt your novel. But, for me anyway, the problem is always the actual process of writing more than it is the content itself. Sure, I have some scenes in this first draft that I already know are awkward, boring, and otherwise need rewritten. But, as far as finishing this book and getting into the revisions stage goes, it’s just a general apathy towards the physical act of writing itself.
I come from a film background, where I envision large setpieces with plenty of explosions and unique locales and whatnot that I think will translate quite well into The Sky Thief. The downside of all that is that I have never had experience or, quite frankly, the patience for those “in-between” bits. The dialogue, the exposition parts, the general conversations. Learning to slow down and craft engaging scenes that are just people talking has been an incredibly difficult task. How do you motivate yourself into sitting down and focusing on your work when it’s the last thing you want to do with the internet, Steam, and countless other forms of entertainment to enjoy? In the time I have written this blog, I very well could have just finished the damn book, but that would make far too much sense, after all?
In NaNoWriMo and various sources, the advice is always to “just write,” and you’ll get through the parts that can be difficult due to the sheer physical and mental energies required to do serious writing. But it’s hard when you’re a lazy son-of-a-bitch.
So, with all that said, hopefully I will have some good posts coming up shortly post-First Draft. I am really excited to be able to share the Alex Stirling’s world with you, whenever the actual publishing may be! In the meantime, I’ll be working on not just the revisions, but also keeping up to speed on Goodreads. I just won my first Giveaway, which has me quite excited. It’s Jane Goodall’s Seeds of Hope, complete with “Advanced Proof” warnings and all sorts of nifty stuff on the cover that make me feel special for owning it. As someone working in a major National Geographic photo exhibit right now, I can’t think of a better way to get started with the First Reads program.
Keeping writing, fellow authors!