Gah! Tearing My Hair Out!

For those of you bemoaning my lack of presence here (or not) it’s not that I don’t like you (or love you), because I really do. I’m up to my eyeballs in work, and trying to get those damnedable first four or five chapters re-written.

I spent Monday and Tuesday of last week poring over the sentences, barely able to take anything out but adverbs. That’s because my protagonist is an intelligent person, but her brains have been reduced to ditziness after 20 odd years of marriage. It’s hard to convey those abstract qualities in few words.

Wednesday I came to my senses. Though I had eliminated 5K worth of adverbs and “thats” 170K words is about 50K too many. I took to the knife and wacked out entire chunks, paragraphs falling to the wayside willy and nilly.

Re-reading my weeding, I couldn’t make any sense of it.

I took a step back on Friday and Saturday due to nice weather. Since a week’s worth of rain was in the forecast, I had to get in grape vine pruning and raking during the two good days I had available.

By Saturday night, I was feeling quite irritated with the whole thing.  I really want to get my portion of the re-write completed by the end of May, and that’s going to be tough since 1. I’m a world class procrastinator and 2. I’m lazy. “Daunting” is not a strong enough adjective to describe this task.

In addition, there’s some truth to be said for the fact that writers are often weary of their work, especially during the re-write process. Then Saturday night, I had a dream about my book, which is good. I woke up at 3 a.m. and began to think.

Such a revelation means only one thing: I’m going to have to re-write the entire first 13 chapters from scratch, taking bits and pieces from the 50K or more words I have written to describe the first part of this journey.

So, if you’re wondering where I am, I’ll be up to my eyeballs in angst.

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8 Responses

  1. Is “Up to your eyeballs in angst” a new spa treatment rage or a new Iranian headscarf?

  2. You know that dream I once had of writing a book? Well after reading this I think I’m going to revamp that dream to be…Publish a letter to the editor.

  3. Oh, BM, been there, done that.

    Iranian headscarf? I don’t think so…

  4. Listen to your dreams…the ones inside your head and the ones when you sleep!

  5. oh dear god, daunting is right. Still, one day – and sentence – at a time.

    take a deep breath and plunge in!

  6. Sending prayers and positive energy your direction.

  7. That sounds about right. And imagine how much better they’ll be, with all the stuff you know now! 🙂

  8. Ms Pande,

    I mentioned you in my post today. Don’t pull your hair out! We’ll all get there one day.

    Dr. B

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