Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I'm stuck!

I have made a little progress in the past week, though not enough to please myself. I've had too many other things going on to devote the needed chunk of time to my manuscript. However, progress is progress. I'm now into chapter eleven, but I'm stopped dead in my tracks. It's just temporary, but still frustrating.

I've learned from this process that the transitional parts are the most difficult for me to write. I get into a scene and the thoughts just flow. But my book jumps back and forth in time, disclosing bits and pieces of my character's past and present. This is what I'm referring to as transitions... they take her from one place to another, one part of her life to the next. This is the tough part for me. I want a smooth blending. The pieces should fit together in sequence so that the reader is not left confused. I know that I do not like reading books that seem to leave out a chunk that connects one piece to another. So far I've managed to conquer each transistion, but it's not as fun to write. But I guess if it was that easy, everyone would be doing it!

Well, it's back to work. I need to keep Liz on track before she makes a wrong turn into downtown Manhattan...


Rae said...

When writing something, I perfectly understand what I am meaning - then someone posts a comment and I realize the reader did not get my point of view.

In other words, when I first started reading your post I interpreted your first paragraph a little differently. I thought how awful for you because of your words (little progess.... too many things going on...I'm now into chapter eleven.)

LOL My first thought was Chapter Eleven ... as in bankruptcy.
DUH. Slapping myself on the forehead now. I'm glad it is just writer's block.

SquirrelQueen said...

Don't let Liz get lost. After reading the teaser you posted last week I am looking forward to reading your book.

Linda D said...

As a writer, I understand why you don't want to confuse your reader. But as a reader, I enjoy coming across scenes and incidents that don't seem to fit in with what I thought was the main story - they make me read on and try to solve the puzzle before the writer explains it.
As long as all the loose ends are neatly tied up at the end I think its a good thing to keep a reader wondering and guessing.