Thursday, February 5

Four Days

I had no idea what I was going to post today.

I thought about posting about my unsuccessful foray into slow cooker lasagna--I winged it and ended up with meat sauce and evaporated cheese over too few lasagna noodles. 

Or doing a hodge-podge. Or simply "forgetting" it was my turn to post. 

And then this morning on my FB feed was this quote by Rick Riordan--he, of Percy Jackson fame.

And it inspired me to keep on keeping on with the manuscript that I've been chugging away at for the past six months or so. The manuscript that desperately needs me to go back and rearrange sequence. The manuscript that I've been avoiding for the past few weeks. Sure, I've been busy. Sure, I was sick. Sure, there's another bright, new shiny idea that wants to be played with.

BUT--I have over six months invested in Pages--probably close to a year, if I'm really honest with myself. BUT--I have almost 30K written on it, plus notes, plus an ending in my head. BUT--it's hard.

Yes, middles are hard. Middles make you want to quit. Middles are sometimes the hump that breaks the writer's back.

Today is my Friday. Tomorrow is the beginning of a four-day weekend. I'm not sure how that happened, but I'm going to take it. Yesterday I had no plans for the weekend--a movie or two, possibly. But FOUR days off...Good thing it's supposed to be pouring this weekend so the beach is out..

So, thanks to Mr. Riordan, I'm going to buckle down. I'm going to slog through my middle and head for third base--it's a baseball book :) I have four days to go back and edit my beginning and get my head back into it--because I can't go forward until I get events straight on the page and in my head. And then I plan to attack the middle. 

Four days not to give up. To Infinity and beyond! Or as others might call it,  Chapter 17.

9 comments:

  1. Thank you! You have inspired me to work on my unfinished manuscript. The one whose perfect ending is already written. And has this outstanding prologue!

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  2. Thank you! You have inspired me to work on my unfinished manuscript. The one whose perfect ending is already written. And has this outstanding prologue!

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    1. Terry--I'm so glad it inspired you! There's no bigger compliment. Good luck!

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  3. Great post, Margie and yes, sometimes the middle is the toughest part to write. The story lags or needs layers. Just write...don't worry about the words, you can go back in and work that all out later. Most important is to get the story down. Good luck, babes!

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  4. I'm cheering you on, Margie! I don't have a 4-day weekend, but I'll be writing/revising right along with you. Huzzah for fixing those saggy middles!

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  5. Good for you, Ms. Margie! I'm cheering you on, too! Enjoyed the post.

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