Sunday, June 26, 2016

Deadlines, schmedlines!

As I noted previously, I set a self-imposed deadline to finish my manuscript by July 1. I am this close to getting it done.

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That close.

It's a tricky book to write. I write in 3 POVs, and alternate chapters. Person A is chapter 1, person B is chapter 2, etc. The storyline continues in each chapter, so the story progresses, but it's seen from another POV.

I tried to write consecutively (Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3), but I was not able to keep the personality of the chapters correct. Person A started sounding like Person B, etc.

So I abandoned that and I wrote all of Person A's chapters (Chapter 1, 4, 7, etc.) That meant I had to figure out where the story would be by the time we got to chapter 7, so I blocked out major events for chapters 2, 3, 5, 6, to fill in later.

Now I'm on Person C's chapters and I need to tie up all those threads that I left dangling. I have 6 chapters to go, and about 6 days to do it.

Nope, it won't happen. I'm going to give myself a break. After all, I lost March: I had the Event, I had food poisoning, I had 2 unplanned trips -- all of that consumed 2/3 of the month. Plus a week on the Relative Tour (furniture delivery to Colorado).

So I've stretched my deadline to July 4. I think it's doable.

After that? Well, I have this idea for another Classic mystery story. And Dogged, my  first Classics mystery with Wild Rose, will be coming out soon. And of course I need to re-read the first 6 books in my Endless Dream series and tie up any plot inconsistencies, so I can start writing Book 7.

Yep. July 4. I need to wrap this baby up. I've got books to write!

J L
(jayellwilson.com)

6 comments:

Diane Burton said...

You've set quite a goal for yourself. I hope you hit it. I've never tried writing 3 different POVs like you're doing. I can see the challenge. Good luck.

Leah St. James said...

Yikes! That is a challenge! I'm not sure I could wrap my brain around the mechanics of doing that. It's kind of like the toughest Sudoku! :-) Wishing you much luck in making your goal...I think you'll hit it!

Brenda Whiteside said...

I have faith in you JL. You are a writing workhorse!

Rolynn Anderson said...

You go JL! Smack adversity in the face just like you're doing. You are, as always, an inspiration to us all!

Jannine Gallant said...

I worry sometimes that my characters sound too much alike, but the idea of writing "out of order" would give me hives.Then again, I never know what's going to happen in the next chapter until I finish the one I'm on, and my characters give me a lead-in! Best of luck with your deadline.

J L Wilson said...

I've done the previous 5 books in this series "out of order" and for this one, I tried to write consecutively, but it just didn't work. So that blew about 3 weeks of my schedule all to hell. Now that I'm writing each character's story, it's going much smoother.

I'll do a re-read in August and see if I succeeded. For now, it's nose to keyboard!