We have a midpoint.

I decided to take Stacy’s advice and find a way to work through my love troubles in the novel instead of losing steam by working on something else. I started this morning by cutting about 300 words that took the chapter in a direction I wasn’t ready to go in yet and replaced them with something new. I fiddled around and set up some new backstory then used the 400 words I had of the short story I was going to work on as the start of a new chapter. And walla-wazzoo it worked. I’m on my way to working through my grief and confusion, and most importantly I finally broke the 40K barrier.

This is also a signifigant milestone (in light of the subject of the day’s writing) because it’s the first major milestone I’ve reached on this book that wasn’t done in Ohio or with Toledo (See, we break up and finally get the wording of it right). I really like where this chapter is going and could add some nice resonance to the themes developing in the main plotline. Ahhhh, this feels good. Now I’m going to bed and dreaming of Christmas lights and Joan of Arc.

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  1. “Now I’m going to bed and dreaming of Christmas lights and Joan of Arc.”So you’re dreaming about being burned at the stake? You’re a sick man.

  2. Good move, B-man. I guarantee you, you’ll feel better, if you just muscle your way through it.At some point in your career though (if you haven’t already), you should stop a novel half way through, just so you can see what an amazing pile of shit you’ll create for yourself if you restart it like a month or six months later.Everything that was once fresh, interesting or at least somewhat clear in your head, will become as thick and stinky as raw sewage. You’ll forget minor characters you were writing about, subplots you had been considering, names and dates and numbers and places. And when readers get to it, years later once it’s published, they’ll wonder why the novel seemed to have such momentum and then just stalled.I’m serious. I will never stop another novel in the middle and try and pick it up again later. Even if I’m barely pinching out 300 words a day on it for like a month straight, it’s better to just keep grinding away.Stacey

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