So you know how procrastination is the absolute staple of a writer’s diet? And that we can find all manner of anything and everything to do except finish what we’re trying to do? Well that happened back in November when I started NaNoWriMo and finished it with a very respectable 71,590 words in 30 days. Silk Over Razor Blades went on the back burner while I sorted out (and I’m still sorting, by the way) the wonder that is Clash Of The Animal Kings. So… I’m good at procrastination; I’ve found a sure fire way to avoid ever getting to the end of SORB. -______- Well now it seems I’ve also found a way to avoid finishing Clash as well.
By the lovely people who brought you NaNoWriMo, there is now Script Frenzy. Another fabulous initiative brought to you by The Office Of Letters And Light in which the challenge is to write a 100 page script in 30 days. Good grief. I keep getting the emails about it after successfully completing the NaNo and part of me wants to dive the hell in and give it my all. The other part of me knows full well that I have more than enough projects on the go to avoid adding anything else to that list.
Its crazed, but part of me wants to give up my April to do this. I don’t think it will be quite as nuts as the NaNo was, simply because prose is that much harder to write and I have done script work before. I find it relatively simply once I’ve got a good flow going; must more so than prose. Still, it is a month that I would have to give to Script Frenzy rather than completing two incredibly important projects.
On a similar note, when I paused SORB for the sake of Clash I had a ream of notes in mind from my last read through in which I found points that I wanted to smooth out and round off. Last week, when going through my emails, I found an email from Martin. This man, I don’t believe I’ve mentioned before, but he is the chap, along with his wife, who read through SORB for me a couple of years ago and gave me some very clear, concise and worthwhile feedback. Obviously writing is personal and subjective, so there are aspects of what they said I didn’t agree with and others that I wholeheartedly did, but the return email I got from that piece of work was the basis of a rather significant overhaul for the novel. In May 2010 I sent it to him again with my edits in place for a second round as it were. However, busy lives for all concerned has made it impossible for him to give it much attention. Until last week. His email, when he asked if there was an up to date copy of the novel reminded me of just what I have at stake, what’s on hold and why I was in such a state back in October.
Remember when I talked about not being ready? Well this is part of that. So getting that email from Martin and realising that I’ve paid no attention to SORB since about October made me cringe. And I’ve been reading through Gaea in my spare time which is just reminding me of all these other things I need to be doing. What I’ve done is send him the file so he can take a look at the current edit; as in after I did a lot of work from his initial comments. Every year, however, I grow and mature as a writer, so its going to be interesting to get it back from him, with his comments and then realise that there were a few bits and bobs that I was going to change anyway. And see how well they tally up with his comments.
Anyway, maybe ‘panic’ isn’t quite the right word, but suddenly, with that in my mind, rattling around Script Frenzy and Clash I suddenly feel like I’ve got a whole lot to do and very little time to do it in. I have a clear and definite deadline for Clash. June 30 2011 is when my voucher runs out and I want to give myself space and time to be sure its perfect so I want it done by my birthday. That’s the start of May. I have LARPs coming up and parties and weddings and all manner of other gatherings that are going to take me away from writing, so I’ve got to push hard. If Clash isn’t done by then, I’ve missed my window. Which would be tragic, in my opinion. What I need to do is give the novel a good strong push to be sure that I’m on the way to finishing my editing. Its March now, in truth that doesn’t leave me very much time.
Wow, okay, I think I’ve talked myself right into the answer to the question ‘should I do Script Frenzy this year?’ Ha! 😀