Final Blocking

This morning I blocked out ten final scenes for the book. Then I wrote the first one. I figure I can write a scene a day for ten days and then be done. Well, with the draft. Still much work to do. What I found with this book, this time through the process, is that outlines help, but I can only write them in pieces. And I can’t do an outline until I have fifty or so pages.

And I wrote another post for 50-Something. My contract with them is up in September, and I’m not planning on renewing. I wrote some fun stuff there, things I would not have written except that I needed to submit an entry, but I think it’s time to end a few things that aren’t such a great fit for me anymore. PW was one thing. 50-S is another. And maybe–is it the end of writing novels, too?

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  1. “end of writing novels!” Are you hinting to quit working on your WIP Mrs. Harrison? I should not. Please don’t!

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  2. Hi Khaled, I am thinking about it. After I finish this book, I’m going to take a break from the longer form to work on a short story that’s been on my mind. I also have to see if my agent can sell my manuscripts. If she sells something soon, I will for sure stick to writing novels. If she doesn’t, it may be time to move on. Or at least take a nice long break.

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  3. Cindy —
    don’t ever end your novel career. You’re on the right path. Taking a break is a good thing — a sabbatical is always helpful for creative people — but don’t quit. Even if your agent can’t sell your manuscripts, that doesn’t mean you should give up. These are tough times. The most talented writers I know are not selling as much (of anything) in this economic crisis.

    Sadly, along these lines, I keep hearing/reading that Internet use is the main reason why readers aren’t reading as many books, newspapers, and magazines. And I wish I could disagree. But I find that the more time I spend online, the fewer books I finish and the fewer papers I read. And I’m a reader and writer! If people like me are spending more time online and less time reading print, what about people who don’t read many books or magazines anyway??? Worrisome. I vow to spend less time online this summer, and more time in a lawnchair with a stack of novels!

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  4. Forgot to add … Cindy, I’ve enjoyed your posts of 50-somethings. But like you, I plan to stop blogging on the site soon, when my contract runs out. Sadly, I’ve just lost interest and don’t have enough time to keep it up…

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  5. Cindy you are right, I should never say “I’m done” because I’ve said it before (many times) and really, I never am. I remember in my 20s saying “If I haven’t got a book published by the time I’m 30, I’m quitting this writing thing.” Arrogant and foolish…I can’t quit writing. Maybe novel writing. But not writing. I am actually thinking of publishing my books online right here if nothing else works out.

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