Unstuck

I’m getting unstuck. Slowly but surely, I’m pulling out of my self-inflicted quagmire of plot tangles and endless loops of oops’ and other writing gaffs.

Except for the excessive use of commas. I have issues with them and love them to death. I, use, them, a lot. Sometimes I think they just wander in and settle themselves into my documents the same way cats make themselves comfortable on your freshly laundered clothes.

But right now, the biggest news is, I’m pushing through the current big plot problem and I’m seeing progress. The odd thing is, once I started, I realized it wasn’t as hopeless as I’d originally thought. When I put my mind to it and stopped allowing the real world to horn in on my writing time, I found my way through what looked like a jumbled mess.

Only, it wasn’t so messy after all. From a distance (i.e. the whole document on my hard drive), it was an insurmountable task that enjoyed slapping me upside my head every time I looked at it. The moment I opened it a chapter at at time, those tangles lost their thorns and the hidden path became visible.

I’m just not going to look at the number of chapters I’ve done compared to the total number of chapters, because that, my friends, makes my commas, scatter.

Getting through chapter four makes me feel good. It was a tough one, and the next one won’t be much easier, but after that, I know the way gets clearer (and I know why, but that explanation will have to wait a little while).

NaNoWriMo is coming NEXT MONTH!!!! and I’m starting to panic get excited.

How about you? Will you be NaNo-ing too?

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About Ms. Karen

This is what happens when you live with a writer: there are pens everywhere, except by the phone; notebooks...so many notebooks with strange scribblings that make no sense but must never be thrown away; and long rambling monologues about what certain characters would, or would not do in a given situation. It's almost as difficult as living with an artist. Man, THOSE people are bizarre...
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3 Responses to Unstuck

  1. Sagacious Woman says:

    Hooray for one chapter, one tangle, one comma at a time! Keep going-it’s shaping up spectacularly!

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  2. daoine says:

    Maybe my article on commas will help you Karen:
    http://hearwritenow.com/writing/grammar/comma/

    As for NaNo: No, no, I will not be NaNo-ing knowingly, or unknowingly NaNo-ing anon. I will have none of that NaNo nonsense.

    😉

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  3. Selma says:

    Good on you, Karen. I am glad you are getting into it. I don’t have time to NaNo this year but I will be cheering you on from the sidelines with pom poms and maybe even star jumps. Go KAREN. Go KAREN !!!!!

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