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This is a Strange Place
I have noticed a trend in my writing. And no, I'm not talking about these kind of trends:
Erm... This is trendy??
*shudders* Anyway. One of my trends in writing is NOT finishing the second to last chapter. I know, weird place isn't it? I can write beginnings with little to no difficulties, and endings make me happy. Sure, the middle can be a tad difficult to make sure all the pieces are in the right order. But hand me the second to last chapter...
I can think
Thanet's Curse, which has plagued me since February, taunting me with the fact that I don't have any desire to finish it. Forget you, thou second-to-last chapter of death! I've been running from the aforementioned novel cringing with the thought of dealing with that chapter.
Then there's Luperin, the sequel to Haunbrinth. Now, there aren't really chapters (is this legal?) but I wrote everything but the few scenes right before the end, so it's about the equivalent of the second-to-last Chapter of Doom! I keep saying I'll finish it, but I haven't. Because. I don't want to deal with it.
There's even Myzi, which you guys don't even know about. Guess what I've written? Yup. Pretty much everything but that last final chapter. (And the third to last chapter, but you get the point.)
It's a plague, I tell you, a plague.
Check Melanie's blog out here.
She has some good stuff.
Google is not cooperating today
I don't know how this is a Writer's Plague
And I don't know whether this is cool
Or so creepy I should go about screaming
I was working on Cinnamon and Calamus: of Why You Shouldn't Trust Spakes when I stopped. Anyone want to guess why? Yes, you, the one in the front moving your arm languidly back and forth like a fan? Why! You're correct. I did get stuck on the Second-to-Last Chapter of Destruction.
But I have found a way to fight it and I will be victorious! You see, this is the story I am writing that is based off of an inside joke.
Foot pic here
Eh, that's a weird looking foot
Of course, most feet look weird
Feet Are Weird
No, no, not the foot inside joke. The Spake inside joke. Anyway, so I made myself a promise. (Those pesky little promises won't leave me alone. I keep making them. *sigh*) Every time I see this Friend I have to have written at least one paragraph from the Second-Chapter-of-Dearth.
And guess what?? I have written at least half of the Horrible Chapter :D
The only down-side to my excitement? It's too short. Again. I'm only at 34,000 and That's Too Short.
I have decided that all of my books should be stamped with the label: S.A.S Books.
Short Attention Span Books. It's difficult for me to write long books (that are based solely on one character) because after 50,000 words I'm bored and done with that character. Let's move on. Plus, lately I've been having a hard time finishing long books. I think that's one of the many reasons I've been reading more and more Middle Grade books. (Though, they're not always shorter.)
So, my dearies, where do you get stuck when writing? Have you found any tricks to get past those tough parts? Do you like short books or do they annoy your face off?
(P.S. My brother, Dave, is reading my book right now, and it is much more hilarious when he reads it. Ahahaha...)