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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.


arlee bird said...

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

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.