Delivered the draft manuscript of Rise Again II: Below Zero today.
Sometimes writing is easy, and the story pours out as fast as it can be set down. At other times it's a slow, agonizing process, line by line, word by word.
What gets me through the hard patches is knowing that we read things at the same speed, no matter how slowly they were written. The struggle to write vanishes, and leaves behind only the struggle of the characters. Or that's the idea, anyway.
I've blown two deadlines in my professional life. The first, in 1996, involved an illustration of a miniature golf course. This novel was the second.
Time for the fizz.
3 weeks ago