Tuesday, September 15, 2009

a cheering epilogue

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.—Louis Pasteur

What a difference a week can make!

After that last (somewhat depressed) post, I had two brilliant days of work. There’s a lot to be said for stranding yourself at a coffee shop for hours on end. The log jams in my brain began to move, and out fell two new characters, another with a new motive and new voice, a better setting for half of Part Four…

In short, so many disparate elements of this last part of the book began to interweave. It feels like narrative again! Reminds me of my recipe for pie crust: the dough will gather itself into a ball… Well. Part Four gathered into a ball, and it will make a lovely pie, I have no doubts…

Which is a wonderful place to be, after the start of last week!

Writing teaches me this same lesson, over and over again: Get your time in, Jenn. Get your time in. Don’t listen to the wind and the waves, just keep your head down and work, and things will shake out.

Hooray! So maybe I’ll live to see the end of Draft #3 after all?—jl

Posted by Jenn Langefeld on 09/15 at 08:51 PM
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