Go For Launch #2: PREFLIGHT

Hello, friends! It’s week 2, and after staying up to a regrettable hour, I’ve compiled all of the chapters of inter_linked into one Google Doc to get a good look at what’s left to be done.

The things that need to be replaced, the names that need to be changed, the descriptions that need fluffing up, and the metaphors that I accidentally used in virtually every chapter when I had them Scrivenered into separate documents.

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(Hush, it’s a verb)

I also spotted the last missing piece, one scene I have left to write before the plot is typed out and finished in its entirety.
Now just to edit.

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Gulp.

Word Count (as of Wednesday): 52,228
New Projects I Tried To Start This Week Despite Not Technically Finishing This One: 3 (if you count new planner planning – yay August!)
Panic Level: How am I actually going to get all this done/10

Podcast Feature: Nick and Vince

Yesterday we put on our thinking tuques on Nick and Vince’s Podcast featuring myself!

Check out the full episode here where they also review the 1980s classic Willow starring Warwick Davis!

Follow Nick and Vince on Podbean and Twitter.

See Also:

Soundtracks to Write Fantasy To
The World of Faehunter: Magical Plants and Other Herbaceous Things
Short Story: “Shannon in the Wilderness”

What to do With A Writer’s Block

Every artist is different and has a different method of working, but one thing we have in common is that we all hit blocks at some point or another.

Jackson Pollock would often talk about his “connection” with the painting like tapping into some unseen force and when the “connection” broke – no matter how far into his piece he was, he had to stop. Douglas Adams had such intense writer’s block he would write scenes of his radio show just outside of the studio door to pass them off to the performers as they were going on.

It happens to all of us, and I hate to say I’m working through one myself.

So here’s what I’ve been doing when trying not to think too hard about my manuscript.

Writing Literally Anything Else

Screenplays? Song lyrics? Poetry? Just about anything to keep the words flowing in some form while I try to decide how to describe Mara kicking booty.

Curating a Million Playlists

When every song has to have the perfect vibe for this exact mood playlist. Sit tight folks, I’m delving deep into a band that existed briefly in the early 2000s.

Editing, Editing, and Editing

This is a habit I’ve picked up in my Fanfiction days, oddly enough. When you can’t think of new words, spruce up the old ones. Wait, what’s a comma splice again?

Writing Fanfiction

Speaking of, yeah, I do this. Guilty pleasure. If I have a good idea I can get together in short order and won’t take up too much of my time, I’ll write down about what would happen if some slackers snuck into a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament or accidentally blew up a moon in Star Wars or something. Maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to write Elder Scrolls tie-in novels some day.

Playing Video Games, Re-Re-Re-Watching My Favorite Shows, Or Just About Anything Else

Keep this distraction train going express until I figure out a sentence without an adverb in it!

How about you? What do you do to combat or at least work through a writer’s block? Feel free to comment your tips and tricks!

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