Stress and Writing and Magic

In spite of having great wordcounts the last few days, I can’t really say I’ve had a eureka moment with THE RUBY KEY. The story was going as I’d expected, and flowing smoothly, and I was liking what I got. But nothing kicked my feet out from under me, slammed my head on the floor, and made me go, “Wow … so that’s what’s going on.”

Today didn’t seem to be the day that would change all that. Writing started badly. I’ve been stressed out about a work-related issue—unfortunately, a really significant one—for the last couple of weeks, and today I went to work late, I struggled for words, and then due to a glitch in my writing program combined with one of those slam-the-keys-in-the locked-car moments, lost every word I’d done.

That didn’t bode well, and I ended up giving up, going out and doing housework, and watching an episode of Firefly with the kid, who’d finished his school work already.

When I came back to it, though, I was clipping along at a pace of about 250 words every ten minutes, and during the second ten-minute run, BAM! I saw the first climactic scene, the second climactic scene, and the ending, and how they tied together. The magic of the whole thing stunned me. I’ve been putting things into the story that didn’t really have a reason to be there, until suddenly this epiphany hit me, and they did.

It was a beautiful thing. Didn’t get the day’s full complement of words, but the ones I got more than made up for that.

Genna is on her way to her own execution, incidentally.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

6 comments… add one
  • eowynjedi Feb 15, 2007 @ 19:20

    Writing magic! I love those.

    I’m definitely going to look for this when it comes out–it sounds like it’s going to be great.

  • Jenne Feb 15, 2007 @ 12:34

    Wow! It’s great when things work out that way!

  • TinaK Feb 15, 2007 @ 12:25

    I’m with you Rose – Tam posted that title and then the post had NOTHING to do with it. Argh!

  • The English Rose Feb 15, 2007 @ 5:37

    Oh no! I’m glad it worked out in the end. And… execution? You and Tam, with her Faldorrah Burns post title… tantalizing, darn you both.

  • TinaK Feb 14, 2007 @ 17:36

    That’s what I so admire about you Holly – nothing wowed you but you kept on going. This sounds like a great read.

    I’m so sorry you’ve been stressing about something work related. I do hope that it all works out to your benefit in the end.

    Any news on how things are going on the sales of Tayln in paperback? Are we going to see a third book set in Korre?

  • Chassit Feb 14, 2007 @ 17:31

    Wow, that’s great, Holly! I know the feeling. I’ve never published something, but I love the feeling when I’m plotting something out, and it doesn’t seem like the stuff is really connecting, and then you think of that one scene, that one thing that draws it all together, and you’re like, “Wow! I thought of that?”

    Congrats, and I can’t wait to read this book!


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