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Two Hurdles Left

I hate nearing the end of a novel. Doubt creeps into my thoughts, and I believe years worth of effort is wasted. Unlikely to see the light of day beyond my computer. :-(

Then, I string together good words. Words that make this hobby worth every moment. It's like being a father. You do anything for your kids. You want to see them reach maturity.

After a long struggle post-Novel In 90, where I bogged down with the expanded material, I've finished the penultimate chapter. It's only fifty pages long, a little more than 12,500 words. One chapter and an epilogue left. Man, I can't wait for this to end.

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jim0052
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Hang in there, roomie!
stevenagy
Jul. 11th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
Thanks.

I'll feel a lot better after the short story/prologue comes out in Black Static and I can get some reaction. The only thing I know so far is that you liked it, Meredith liked it, and Andy Cox liked it. ;-)

I think one of the problems with the novel, as a form, is that an idea that seems fresh in short form doesn't necessarily stretch to novel length. I've had to add in ideas about fatherhood, honor and responsibility, unrequited and star-crossed love, obsession, synchronicity ... and I'm too close to tell whether it's still different or old hat. I write for myself, sure, but I still write for others to read. You want your kids to do well. :-)
jim0052
Jul. 11th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
Well, once you finish the first draft and set it aside for a couple of months while you work on other stuff, you'll be able to come back to it with fresh eyes and identify that which sucks and that which shines and do something about turning the former into the latter.

Much success!
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stevenagy
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
Head space is super important. If it's off, it's as if the world I've created has a mad god.
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