An interesting thing happened the other day. I was sitting on the train on my way into the city to meet with my husband to go to a 50th birthday, and I had my laptop open on my Nano novel. But for some unknown reason, the Nano novel just wasn’t calling to me like it should. I couldn’t pull my focus in the slightest to even remotely focus on it.
So I sat there, listening to music, day dreaming. After a few minutes, I slowly started to recognise the music in my ears as part of the soundtrack I had compiled together for my Urban Fantasy trilogy. The next thing I knew, I was opening up the second book of the trilogy (that I haven’t opened since July!) and I was reading the area that I stopped writing.
With a sudden smack of clarity, I knew how to end this book. This is a concept that I have been struggling with since July. I’m not kidding. But I had turned my mind from it, and had been working on other things, knowing that due to my pregnancy – my creative side of my brain wasn’t quite functioning on all cylinders.
I actually still can’t quite believe that this has happened. I can’t believe that I now know how to finish off the second book. I knew that I had to raise the stakes, and hype it up for the lead into the third book… but there was so much going on that I just didn’t know how to do it. I had spent 80,000 words maneuvering my characters into the right positions… and then I managed to get myself stuck with no creative thought on how to get myself out.
I know that my critique partners out there are going to be rather chuffed that I have finally figured this out. It has been more than frustrating for me over the past few months. So… as part of the NaNoWriMo madness, I’m going to try to get the final 5000 words down to complete book II of the Talent Series.
So, this is what I have on my mind at the moment:
- My gorgeous sister is bringing her new dude to come and stay with us this week. Very excited to have her coming. I miss her a lot, and us siblings are very close, so I am reallylooking to spending some quality time with her. She also wants to be introduced to Bumpkin as well… so I guess now is her chance. She’s probably going to find it just a little odd that her big sister is pregnant. (I think that I would find that odd if it were the other way around.)
I’m behind on my editing and revision of The Mediterranean Source. I really need to get through this hump that I am at, at the moment. The part that I am revising requires a crapload of focus… and I just need to really pay attention. But there are so many interruptions at the moment with everything else that’s happening… that I can’t seem to grasp a decent amount of time to pull my focus. I’m just going to have to keep trying.
I had a big book clear out in the weekend. Boxes of them. It’s a seriously marvellous feeling to clean out your crap. I just love it. There is a lot to be said about this nesting business. I would like to tackle even more rooms if I can get the chance. Perhaps this Thursday when I take the day off. Will just have to wait and see. I should probably be ‘slowing down’ a little, but I just can’t see it happening.
I think that’s it from me at this stage. I only have three days in the office this week, so I’m rather chuffed with that. Hopefully being at home a bit more this week will allow me to sort a few more words on the page.
I hope that you all have a great week, and that those you are getting Nano’d, do so good and proper 🙂
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YAY for creative inspiration! I hope you get all your goals accomplished 🙂
Gosh, me too!! Well – that’s the plan anyway. Editing 50k, and writing a bit more should be doable!
Oh! Mega congrats on finally finishing the ending for Talent 2! I love when the pieces finally fall together, though sometimes I wish they’d have come to me earlier. ^_^ Hope you manage to get it finished and wrapped up.
Me too! It’s the plan anyway. Will just have to see what happens. I was chattering with JC a month or so ago, about finishing up Talent 2 during Nano, and until last week I had no idea how to even start with that mission! I’m pleased that I have finally sussed it out now though 🙂
Does blog post words count towards NaNoWriMo?
NO! Although I seriously wish they would!! Lol. 🙂 There is a blog Nano challenge that happens each year as well for bloggers… and that is to post every single day for 30 days. Tough challenge!
Yay! What a breakthrough! Everyone say: “Aha”…. I know the feeling of stalls on WIPs. Very frustrating. Really difficult to do proper work on the next without sorting out the issues in the WIP. Preaching to the converted hun.
Sounds like you have the light at the end of the tunnel guiding you onwards to writing “the end” on Talent. Good luck with those last 5000 words. You can do it!
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Aw! Kimmi, thank you for being my cheerleader! I don’t know what I would do without treasured sisters like you in my world.
I’m pretty stoked about finally having the ending smack me right between the eyes. God only knows why I couldn’t see it before. I think it was perhaps because I was so damn focused on the fact that I still had the third book to write and get through… and I was too worried about how to wrap this one up, and lead into the next. I knew that whatever ending I chose for this one – then other pieces of information would be required for the next book. The problem with writing a series I guess. (Well…. it’s more one complete story that is broken into three chunks…)
It happens because the creative impulse never stops moving forward. It’s keeps going even when we turn our attention away from it and concentrate on other things. AND, simultaneously, most of the time, our brain can’t move as quickly as the creative impulse. Thoughts and feelings are still quite primitive compared to our (mysterious) capacity to imagine things we don’t yet have the knowledge to create materially…including endings to stories. Congratulations! Don’t you love those moments of inspired realization…? 🙂
I really really DO, Shelley! I think on the most part, it’s the immense feeling of relief! I was so damn stuck. I had completely overworked my brain into a state… when in reality, the answer to all my questions was so darn simple. Let’s just hope that it’s effective enough to be a well rounded ending to this book. It’s these moments that are so important to us as writers. When we are really stuck between a rock and a hard place, sometimes we just need to step back, and gaze down at it from an aeriel view. Sometimes, if we are lucky, the answer slaps us in the face.
I’m so thrilled for you that you found the ending 🙂 I love that feeling! Can’t wait for you to write it so that I can give the second book a read!!!
You don’t need to slow down, as long as you’re aware of what your body needs 🙂 when it needs to stop for a bit, it’ll let you know!!! lol
I wrote a reply to this comment, but then it turned into a ghost!
Anyway, JC – I can’t wait to give it to you! You’ll be one of teh first to get the rough draft. And good luck with that! (Eeeeek)