When a chapter gives you fits

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When a chapter gives you fits

I don’t want to call it writer’s block, because it isn’t. I’ve experienced the curse that is the block and it’s nothing I ever want to relive again. I doubt I will be able to avoid it in the future, but what I experienced with Chapter 6 was definitely not writer’s block. I experienced Writer’s Obstacle.

Since I added several scenes to the beginning of the book, I had to do some major rewriting of later chapters. And one of those chapters is Chapter 6. The problem is I knew where I wanted the chapter to go, but I didn’t know how to get there and had several false stats. Five days of false starts. While this increased my daily word count productivity, it screwed with my daily to final word count ratio. Big time. Like I netted a negative word count at the end of the day.

And that leads me back to Chapter 6. It’s a problem child of a chapter. It really is. I considered writing around it, but that was worse.

Which leads me to here and writing about this struggle in a blog post for any and all to see. Why admit it? Because sometimes, even the best laid plans fall apart with a single well-placed suggestion.

If I had ignored the suggestion to start the book earlier, I wouldn’t be in my current predicament of nearing a three-week delay. And why? All because I added a chapter to the beginning of a book that had been finished and just needed a few rounds with a proofreader to catch any lingering typos and mistakes.

The problem was adding that one chapter, 3000 words, changed the entire road map for Broken Bond. So, while my editor was spot on and I needed to start the book earlier, it made a mess. And I know the book was fine without starting earlier. But it would have just been fine and in the end I don’t want just fine.

So that’s why the second book is approaching a three week delay and the third book will be pushed back too. However, there is a silver lining. Nanowrimo is approaching. For those who don’t know, Nanowrimo is national novel writing month and it takes place in the month of November. I have set a high goal for myself and if all goes according to plan, not only will the series be completed by the end of the year, the second series in the universe will be ready to go. While I don’t want to make any promises, that’s four more books (after Broken Bond) in 2019!

And with that, it’s back to the writing cave for me.

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