Friday, February 02, 2007

Twitchy fingers

I have the worst case of twitchy fingers. I'm working on a requested manuscript, and all I can think is how I want to send another to a different publisher. This could be an effect of normally having more than one project going at once, which I don't right now. It's also possibly a sign that I'm in trouble with the current work.

I, like most writers, I think, have a tendency to write myself into the occasional corner. I'm always well-intentioned about it, but I don't always remember where I've been or where I'm going (I do only the vaguest of plotting) and that occasionally leads to trouble. Believe me, it was even worse when I was a pure pantser.

But I've noticed that I get very antsy when there's something wrong that I haven't yet put my finger on. I don't want to go back to those pages. I distract myself with anything and everything possible. I start new projects, I think about what I should do with the books I haven't sold yet, etc. So, it's probably time to take a look back at what I've got written already and figure out how I got off track so it can be fixed.

One of these days, I'll get to the point where I can write straight through a draft and not even think about edits until after the fact.

Also: Is anyone else unable to get the Romancing the Blog page to load? I don't know exactly when it started, but suddenly I can't read it. This makes me sad.


Alice Audrey said...

I have had all sorts of problems with Romancing The Blog. It's so bad I had to give them up, which I'm not happy about.

As to writing myself into a corner - I do it all the time. And I have the same problem you do, where anything else looks like more fun. Except cleaning the toilet. I haven't gone that far yet.


Loribelle Hunt said...

I'm not having a problem seeing RTB.

I write myself into a corner often, which is probably why I don't like to write long! I'm trying to push through that now.

Shelli Stevens said...

I get like that with books. I tend to look for different projects when I made a wrong turn on the one I'm working on.

RTB has been working fine for me.

Pam Skochinski said...

I'm bouncing back and forth between two projects now. . . neither of which is off track but once I start working on one, the other one seems more "fun". . .

Sigh. . . a requested manuscript. I can only dream about that at this stage. . .

Good luck writing!