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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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The Question. 
26th-Mar-2013 11:06 am
Shut up and write!
I have never written a whole novel before. I have written poetry, short fiction; My Empire for Ashes is a novella. It's... well, it's not easy to write unless I hit that golden state of mind where everything comes out and all I have to do is get out of the way. But it's much easier to budget time.

Some points:

* A novel is a lot of time, and since I have never written a whole one, I don't know how much.
* Elayna gets home at 3, so I only have til 3 every day.
* Cicatrix is deeply immersive, and I'm hesitant to jump into it when I know I'll be interrupted.
* Having a school-age child means constant interruptions. Not just that 3pm line - there's February break and April break in addition to holiday break, there are half days and teacher workdays... my available time is sliced to ribbons.
* And we have an even bigger interruption coming up. Summer break. Elayna's last day of school is a full month earlier this year: May 30.
* I do not think it possible to write Cicatrix with Elayna home and in preparing-for-college mode.

So I've been flailing. The two possible solutions:

1. Focus on poetry and short fiction for now, and restart Cicatrix in September.
2. See if I can finish Cicatrix before Wiscon. Adam has April break off and can take Elayna to visit colleges and keep her out of the house.

I was planning on #1, but that is making me cranky.

Can I finish this book in two months? I honestly don't know. Judah asked me how far along I am, and I don't know. Not very.

So that is one of the really big things that's been preoccupying me lately.
26th-Mar-2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
I hate to be on Team Crankymaker, but this project doesn't look like one which wants to share either time or emotional resources with the tail end of Elayna's time with you.
27th-Mar-2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
Exactly why it should be done before Wiscon, so I'm not cranky in the summer when Elayna's actually with me...
27th-Mar-2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my real worry there was that untangling the impetus for the book would make that summer Even More Emotional, and best left for once Elayna's at school. But kinda moot now, I guess. Good luck!
26th-Mar-2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
Would it be possibly for you to hole up in your room during WisCon for a chunk of time during the day and see what you can crank out in a long weekend?

I know WisCon is business and fun ... but it's also time away from home, away from Elayna.
26th-Mar-2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Heck, is it worth scheduling a weekend away and holing up in someone's house?
27th-Mar-2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
Not enough time to make a difference...
27th-Mar-2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
I could get maybe half an hour total... much less that writing at home!
26th-Mar-2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
I get that about the "how far along are you?" question. My response always has to be: I'll know when I'm done. I know (almost) everything that's going to happen, but I don't know how many words it's going to take to say it all. Currently I'm on Chapter 7 of Book 3, which is something I can tell people when they ask, but it's not a very useful marker when I have no idea how many chapters there will be.
26th-Mar-2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
I set wordcount per chapter and number of chapters goals, not because I will necessarily end up at the goals, but because it's at least a vague gauge of how much I have left. If it turns out my chapters or longer or shorter, or I need less or more chapters, so be it.
28th-Mar-2013 01:40 am (UTC)
If the only two options you have are those above #2 seems like the best bet time-wise for going into OMGWTF-Just-Get-It-Done mode. At least in my opinion. Maybe use the time from now until then to work on story notes, outline revision etc. so that when you get to crunch time you're just focusing on the meat of the story itself. Just a thought.
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