I think I finally burned down the impediments, and now can start the final battle. Not only literarily… is that even a word? As well as compositionally.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of my two main characters I’ve driven to a “all is lost moment”, and I just have a little ‘grace note’ of a scene I need to do to drop out the bottom in my other main character so the two are both there. As I think of it, that scene just grew too into something exciting before the big “Fire in the hole” moment for the battle. I set my plotline and wove all the pieces together that were fighting me, and I took a few days to let my brain refill, and now… I just need to get real life out of the way so I can push forward.
So why the title?
To get all the weaving done, I was pulling my hair out. I have in this part, a bit of story that could be off-putting for some of the audience. I’m going to definately get another alpha reader opinion on it, but once again, one of my sounding board readers in this, Francois, came to the rescue and pointed out where I was overthinking it. Something I really don’t want to do. So I wrote, then threw out, wrote then threw out, wrote again… thought about it, forged forward, had another think and a talk, went back and rewrote, throwing a bunch out but not as much as I thought.
The editorial two step.
At work, after listening to the Presidential Debate… wow… just… trust me, my Facebook is a bit singed this morning, I listened to another Creative Penn Podcast and had a nice thought hit me. I might not get this done before the one year anniversary of my major push starting, but I might be able to do a pre-order for the book and put the first book on sale right out of the gate with maybe some other promo things if it looks like it won’t make it for Christmas. It’s a thought at least.
So, tonight, when off work, I’m going to hopefully kick off the battle and be one YUGE step forward to polishing this bad boy off… and get to beta readers sooner rather than later. I was also encouraged by Ms. Penn discussing her need to abandon false deadlines too. I sighed a large relief at that. Then realized that she’s also cranking out far more words than I am, so I need to start getting my act together. Inspiration, not competition… inspiration not competition.
Besides, she already won if it was.