Friday, January 27, 2012

Better Late Than Never

Okay, I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I have an excuse.

Really. A bunch of them.

A couple of weeks ago I promised myself that I wouldn’t post again until I had finished revising my first chapter to the point where I could feel good about showing it to my wife and kids. Not completely finished, mind you. Just good enough to give them a feel for how the chapter would eventually sound.

Needless to say, it's not finished. (Though I decided to post anyway!)

My list of lame excuses excellent reasons for why I haven't finished:

1. The nasty cold (flu?) which knocked me out for about a week.

2. I'm a slow writer who only gets to write late at night.

3. Openings give me more trouble than anything. You need a fair amount of description to get your reader grounded, and I'm awful at descriptions. Seriously, I must have rewritten the first paragraph fifty times already and it's still not there. I wish this writing stuff would come more easily.

Anyway, I plan on staying awake this weekend until that chapter is ready. No more excuses.


  1. Hi Ken!

    Oh man. Good luck with that. I find that just finishing the story and then going back helps...but that's just me.

    Hope this weekend goes well!

  2. Hi Ken, Great to know you are still out there. Every writer is different and advice is generally more about the advisor than the victim. If I don't feel it's going well I just bang down plain story - like eating a dry biscuit when you know you need a chocolate cake. At least then I've kinda got a skeleton to dress up when I go back to it. Best of luck.

  3. Hope you're feeling better now, and good luck with the writing this weekend. You'll get there :-)

  4. Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. Although if you've read my next post you'll discover that the weekend did not go well.