Progress Interrupted

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I’ve been revising – by which I mean totally rewriting – the first half of my novel. It’s been painfully slow. Pain is involved when I read the disjointed words and mixed up events my alter ego wrote in the first draft. Slowness comes shortly after reading the drivel I wrote and wondering what the point of the scene was suppose to be.

I did manage to get on a roll words flying onto paper, paragraphs filling pages when…my throat felt a little scratchy, my muscles ached a little, my brain functionality was a step or two behind everything else. I slept for three days making occasional blog comments while episodically watching reruns of Firefly.

The aches and pains are gone but I’m not ready to jump in all gung-ho and start writing.

How do you handle it when just as everything starts moving smoothly something breaks the flow? Do you grab a cup of coffee and suck it up? Do you take a day to enjoy the flowers and one of the last days of summer?

Tell me, inquiring minds want to know.

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20 Comments

  1. Good luck revising. It's hard work and takes a lot of thinking; that's why it doesn't flow as quickly and easily as the initial writing – in my experience.

    I myself am procrastinating with a logical flaw in a story. But might tackle it today.

  2. Sometimes I think our bodies decide for us that we are going to take a day off and slow down. It's better to take that one or two days to re-charge your energy rather than push yourself to do something. Normally if you're not up to speed, whatever you've done has to be re-done. Hope you're feeling better soon.
    BTW, I just found Firefly on Hulu and love it.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

  3. I'm a fan of Firefly too – such a great series!!! I'd suggest letting yourself relax and enjoy the flowers 🙂

  4. Usually when I get on a roll, something forces me to stop. Like bedtime. (And I like my sleep, so I stop.)
    Firefly rocks!
    Sorry, just had to add that.

  5. Sometimes I go with it. Sometimes I suck it up. It usually depends on what canceled the flow. Hope you're soon back to par.

  6. I always make sure I'm in the right frame of mind to work. If that means waiting a day, I do that. If I'm on a deadline and I have to write it, I plug in the headphones and set up the right playlist. Then I push through.

    Good luck!

  7. If something breaks the flow of whatever I'm into, I just try to get into the next flow for a while until I'm ready to go back. But yeah when you're on a roll sometimes it's hard to recapture that magic.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

  8. i do both. It all depends on my mood. Sometimes i walk away, sometimes i stick it out

  9. I hate when something breaks the flow! Sometimes I can't get it back, and other days I can. I guess it depends on a lot of factors.

    Good luck with your revisions!

    And to answer your question on my blog: The first writing prompt, won by Sheila Deeth in her work “Refracted”, has been published so far. The other ones are still waiting to come out.

  10. Depends on the mood, honestly most of the time I got outside and enjoy the hot cup of tea and the flowers around me, soak it all in, waiting for the positive energy to fill me out and send me back to writing land, where the grass isn't always greener.

    One step at a time, eventually we get where we want to be.

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  12. It is hard when something stops us dead just as we're seeing progress. I like to read–books, blogs, etc and reaffirm to myself why i am doing this and that i need to get back into the saddle. Sometimes it happens quickly, other times not as quick as I like, but I always find the flow again. 🙂

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  13. Definitely take a day.

  14. Oooo, Firefly! <3

    Revising can be painfully frustrating for me. Usually I muscle through the initial bits until I get focused/interested.

  15. I used to feel guilty when that happened or mad, but now I just realize that there is another day.

    Nice to meet another Firefly fan, the show that ended way too soon.

  16. Sometimes I just quit and other times I grab a cup of coffee and suck it up? It depends on the priority and importance of the project.

  17. I ended up taking the walk. It was wonderful. It cleared my head and got rid of my sluggishness (or maybe that was the double espresso – I didn’t order it that way they made an oopsie). – I guess I did both. LOL

    Yes, Firefly is one of those shows I can watch more than once and still adore.

  18. Hilary Melton-Butcher said…
    Hi – Glad you're feeling better .. I just move on and do something different .. but I do have to say when I'm on a roll .. I like to keep going as far as I can ..

    The walk sounds lovely .. Hilary

  19. Andrea Mack said…
    I'm revising too (or supposed to be). I'm finding it painfully slow, because I keep questioning everything. Also, with school starting (I'm a teacher) so many things fly into my mind I get distracted. I'm taking time to refocus – otherwise my revisions may not end up being any better than the first draft!

  20. Thanks for the info. Aubrie.

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