Well it’s official. I have hit the Meh on Red. Despite having a plot, I am still in the Dreaded Valley of the Shadow of the Middle. I’ve been staring at this scene I need to write for an hour and a half and getting exactly NO WHERE. I’m not sure if that’s because I’m wholly out of my groove from having written very little and not being at all in the book this week due to Evil Day Job travels or because I’m going in a wrong direction.
It’s not that I’m not in the mood to write…I’m just not in the mood to write THIS. It’s a nasty case of Sexy Next Book, I think. I’ve made my notes and such and tried to get back to Red but my brain is playing ADD and wants to play with something EEEEEEEELSE.
After my last 4 projects being short (Forsaken By Shadow was about 37k, Devil’s Eye was about 29k, what I have of Riven is about 21k, Blindsight is now just over 8k), I think my attention span for longer work is…sketchy. Red is longer than all 4 of those combined (or will be when I’m finished). I am ready for some RESOLUTION. And, frankly, I’m itching for a fight scene. I think maybe that’s part of my problem with this stretch. It feels like nothing’s happening. Stuff is happening but not of the blow stuff up or beat the crap out of somebody variety (which, after 5 straight days with my boss, is apparently what I REALLY want to write right now). I guess maybe I could jump ahead to the pinch point when our bad guy is revealed.
Usually when I get stuck like this, I’ll go back and do a full read-through. But I really need to read Heroes Til Curfew for Susan this weekend (yes, that’s right, she’s NEARLY FINISHED–working on the final couple of scenes–I’m getting a jump on the first 95k or so), and Red is so long, that will take most of a day. So…not sure what I’m going to do. For now…yoga and then I guess we’ll see.