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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Q is for Quit

As some of you may recall back in February I was working on a book called Thanet's Curse. It's the sequel to my wip Blackburn's Prisoner. Well, I gave up on it. Yup. Up and quit. But then I was inspired by Falen/Sarah and decided, hey, let's try some outlining garbage first.

So I cut up pieces of paper, scribbled, and ended up with this:

Pretty colors!

Each color is for who the scene focuses on. It looks worse than it is. Hopefully.

Guess what I figured out? I have four more chapters to write. Four! SO close to the end, and I gave up. Especially because I have bits and pieces of aforementioned chapters, so it's even more ridiculously close to finish. ESPECIALLY because I can usually write a chapter a day. (Unless I'm un the midst of a week of finals. Bleh. Then I do nothing but text myself sentences here or there, or pretty much everywhere. Except when I'm driving. No texting while driving. I would hit a horse. Because I would be so off-road I would be in a state where there are lots of horses and I would hit one. And you don't want me to hit a horse do you? Didn't think so.)

Thus the moral of the story is: Don't hit horses while driving, and don't let horses drive cars.

This horse is secretly texting! *GASP!*

Wait, no, no, no. The moral is: Don't give up. Do NOT quit. Whether you want to give up on being a writer, on writing a paper, a poem, a stupid novel that will not cooperate properly, do not give up. Sometimes you just need a little time away. Sometimes you just need to do a little outlining. (Did I just say that? Me? Condoning outlining? The world has officially been turned haphazard.)

Another reason not to give up: My friends/randompeople would run at me with knives, pitchforks, and torches. I am sure of it.

So in order to not being chased by a raving mob, keep writing and don't give up. Or else.

7 comments:

arlee bird said...

Never, never quit! You can postpone or "forget" but you should never ever quit!

Lee
Tossing It Out

Falen said...

OH! 4 chapters is SO doable!
And then you'll have another novel under your belt and every novel completed makes us better writers

AchingHope said...

@Lee: Thanks! I shall remember that from now on.

@Falen: I know! :D I will try and finish it next week when I'm on vacation.

Thanks for the encouragement!!

ElvishVampireHobbit94 said...

You... *gasp* ... quit? *shakes head* Well, you just made me feel better. Except I'm not picking up on that story for a while. I am having too much fun with hobos, vampires (no, not the typical vampire story), and Summer and Ezekiel.

good luck on those last four chapters!

AchingHope said...

@ElvishVampireHobbit: Hobos! The waterlogged one, I hope. I love the title to that story.

Palindrome said...

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

That's what I have to say all late and stuff.

AchingHope said...

Now I want lemons. *sigh* You always make me hungry.

Haha... Not that I'm a cannibal or zombie or anything. Ahem.