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Delays and Excuses

November 13, 2014
Posted at 2:35 pm
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 2:42 pm

I haven't written a word on any of my stories for two months. It hasn't been writers block exactly, more like life and a pretty crippling bout of depression that's kept me from moving forward. I'd like to say that things will change and I'll get back on track (I think I've got 4 or 5 new chapters of RUYN that my editors haven't even seen yet), but I seem to jinx myself whenever I make pronouncements, so let me leave it at: I'll try to do better.

In hindsight, it was a mistake to start publishing the stories before they were done. I'm too new, too inexperienced as a writer to be able to pull off a long running serial like that. The structural problems on RUYN (interleaved first-person) have made it very hard to write because I keep feeling like I'm going to re-write it in third person, so why bother continuing with the first-person version.

Blind Date suffers from scope-creep. As characters come into the story I want to follow their story as well, and it could turn into a giant sprawling mess of intertwined storylines. Since I haven't plotted things out, I can only imagine that would end badly, as in not end at all but just get abandoned.

All in all, not much has changed since I posted something similar way back in July. With fall and winter on it's way, hopefully the short days, and dark nights will be more conducive to finishing these two up and getting more done on the other stories I have kicking around in my to-do folder.