Disassembly Required

Nailed it

It’s been months since I’ve worked on my novel full time. I’ve been in screenplay rewrite mode since the beginning of the year and three scripts later I’m just now getting back to my prose. For the past six weeks or so I’ve only been able to sneak little glimpses of it in between other projects- just to remind myself that it’s there. But now, getting to work on it full time feels like a guilty pleasure: like eating nothing but dessert.

So the good news is: I’m excited about it.

The bad news is: I’ve now been away long enough that I’ve lost momentum. And now I’m trying to regain it by picking apart my work at the seams. Clearly I like all the pieces; I just don’t have them in the right order.

I’m just beginning the third act. I know how the act begins and how the act, and the book, ends. And I have a bunch of key plot elements already written, but once again I’m struggling to figure out how to get thar from here. And I can’t just fake it anymore: I need to set up the whole arc to tie it all together.

So I’m tinkering.

I like to think of it as the Ikea stage of writing: the stage where you spread out all the pieces on the floor, try to read the directions that are written in hieroglyphics, swear vigorously, take a slug of Crown Royal and wing it.

It’s a process.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on March 27, 2019.

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