At the end of the movie The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers it seems like all hope is lost. The forces of darkness have gathered and Frodo wants to give up, unable to see any way that good can win.
That pretty much sums up the state of my current work-in-progress!
0-50,000 words and I'm happily frolicking through the world of possibilities and ideas and running down rabbit trails of scenes as my characters take off in unexpected directions. Then from 50,000-75,000 words I am hurting. Characters that won't co-operate, scenes that have no point and go nowhere but feel like they have a place somewhere, big gaping holes in the story, the list goes on.
I am now at 66,000 words. Right in the middle of a world of pain. It works this way for every single manuscript I've ever written. Every single time I think that next time will be better. And every single time my characters laugh at me for being so foolish. I love Jackson and Allie, but honestly, they're being so difficult right now that they have about equal odds of dying in a fiery car crash as they do of falling in love.
In five weeks I need to have this difficult, uncooperative, stubborn baby to my agent. The first draft isn't even finished and usually I allow at least a month for rewriting and polishing.
So jammed in between the juggling of a toddler and a three month old I am writing like a crazy woman. And a few things are falling by the wayside. Like this...
So let's talk deadlines, writing or otherwise. What are the first things that slip in your house when you have a deadline to meet?
Represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary Inc. she writes contemporary romance with sass. She loves connecting with people on Facebook at Kara Isaac - Writer and Twitter @KaraIsaac