WRITING A NOVEL: START TO FINISH, ENTRY EIGHT
FIGHTING THE HOODOO BAD MOJO WRITING CREEP
A horrendous week of writing. I’m being stalked by a bad writing hoodoo monster. It seems to happen when working on a massive project—everything goes wrong at once. It’s almost like potential success is sometimes stalked (too much alliteration there) in flurries of bad luck. The Michael Meyer of ill will has his eyes set on crushing the spark of hope and drive and ambition. He can kiss my ass. This week the following has occurred with my writing:
--computer virus hijacked my computer
--lost my emergency back-up flash drive
--my printer was suddenly “not read” by my printer
--dropped my outline which blew away in the wind and down the street
--spent 100.00 to fix my computer
--my computer shut down after over an hour of highly productive work (after “being fixed,” mind you) and everything was lost despite my compulsive periodic saving
--my “consistency key” has vanished off my hard drive and, despite being saved on my external hard drive, exists only as the title “Tug Consistency Key.”
So now I’m getting pop-up errors about not being able to auto save. This thing will probably shut down again on me.
BUT! Some good things did happen. I have remembered my tweaks and new stuff I’ve written and am going to do it all again—on paper. I finally got it to print and will take out a pencil and get busy. It may do me some good to reflect on the potential changes. The new stuff I did write and manage to save is really progressing the story. I decided to speed things along a bit.
All the major information about Thaddeus will be developed in the first two and a half chapters. I feel this is important. Tug isn’t going to be an epic length book. I like it like that. Otherwise, I’m writing just to write and ripping off the story. And the readers. Whoever they may, hopefully, be.
I will re-write my consistency key as well. I realized errors I made in my first two books most usually center around consistency. Even though I’m a fantastic liar, I even need to keep my facts straight. But above all, I have a lot of characters in this story. I arranged my characters sort of end of movie credit style, in order of appearance. For the more major characters I limited myself to one sentence about them. What is their most important element they’re bringing to the table?
I’m at 6300 words now and going strong. Strong except for that asshole hoodoo bad mojo monster. He’ll lose. He always does. Poor guy. Go harass Stephen King. Please.