Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Writing is Hard

I know what you're thinking. "Duh, Mariah. If writing a book was easy..."

Okay, so I'm not really sure how that ends, but you get my idea. I hope. *Crosses fingers*

With roughly nine thousand words left in my WiP to my goal wordage, I'm beginning to feel the pressure. It's constantly on my mind. All I want to do is edit, but I know I have to finish it first. Grr.

My mind is also getting confused. You see, I don't always write scenes in order. This means that my final scenes are already finished. Writing the middle sucks the hardest for me. From the time my book was just a twinkle in my mind, I knew the beginning and the end. The middle was bound to be the rough part.

But, I've learned my lesson, and the next book will definitely be written in order.

Does anybody else have this problem? Am I all alone in my confusedness?

I promise tomorrow I won't blab about my book.

In apologies for my melodramatic ranting, I leave you with the sweet song that Simon and Piper first kiss to. Enjoy.


awwaggener said...

I love Sparks!

I've had the writing-out-of-order problem before too. Some people can totally handle it. I, unfortunately, cannot. I always found that I had to go back and completely redo a lot of the scenes written out of order, because characterizations and relationships would change throughout the book. I don't really believe in forcing things, and it always felt like I was driving the story too hard if I tried to make a beginning and ending match up the way I first envisioned.

Good luck with you 9,000 words! You're so close! It'll feel amazing when you finally finish.

Sarah said...

You really are so close. I just looked at your word count yesterday and I was super excited for you.

I want to write out of order sometimes, but I'm too chicken to do it. Will the pieces still fit if I do that? Maybe I'll never feel like writing the other bits? I totally admire people that can do it.
I also never use a really solid outline so maybe that's why it scares me so much. Do you outline?

I wish had some solid advice, but all I can say is just stick with it. Think, in a few days, you'll be totally finished! We can have a party! I'll bring Twizzlers and chips and dip.

PS: I'd never heard Sparks before but I think I'm adding it to my playlist. Thank you!
PSS: Don't apologize for writerly rants. 1) They're totally called for and 2)I'd owe a lifetime of apologies.

Good luck!

Mariah Irvin said...

Anna: I end up rewriting scenes too, which is why I've never finished my first draft!

Sarah: I always try to outline, but usually as things progress the characters mess up everything.

Pen Pen said...

OMG OMG OMG!!! OMFG!!! 'Sparks' is one of my FAVORITE SONGS!!! I WORSHIP Coldplay!! DO u like their other stuff?! Me and Jason's "song" is 'Yellow'- and I really love 'Viva La Vida', 'Spiderweb', 'Fix You', 'The Scientist', 'Violet Hill'...well...pretty much ANY of their songs!
AH!! I know I loved you! :)

Pen Pen said...

In my WIP, my 2 main characters are broken up and when they come back together, there's "Run" by Snow Patrol--I was SO torn about what to choose...I thought about Coldplay...I still might end up changing it...ahh!!

Pen Pen said...

Maybe you'd enjoy reading that scene when it's a little more polished! I respect ur music taste now! :) Let me know if u need any "edit-readers" for any of ur chapters!

Pen Pen said...

...okay...I just saw that u have excerpts over there...I'll start reading those...Is the kiss in it?!

Mariah Irvin said...

I have yet to post the kissing scene, but maybe when I finish my draft I'll post it. I'll definitely be needing betas to read and give me feedback, so stay tuned!

I absolutely LOVE Coldplay! I've seen them in concert twice! Snow Patrol is really good too; lately I've been obsessed with "The Lightning Strike" and "Chocolate".

sputnitsa said...

I've decided the last quarter is the scariest part... Do you think you're going to meet your anticipated word-count pretty accurately? I've already tossed mine out and changed it... Then again, this is my first draft and it's DEFINITELY going to require a major rewrite...

Looks like your first drafts are strong, though :)

Mariah Irvin said...

I definitely on track to make my estimated 50,000 word count, and will possibly go over.

My writing is also going to need major major major rewriting, but thanks for saying that they're strong!