Saturday, June 02, 2007

I Hate Freelance Writing Today

I hate freelance writing today... whine, whine, moan, moan.... I have a bunch of articles and an e-book edit due out, none of which are painful, but I’m itching to get back to my edits.

In a perfect world, I could work eight hours a day on just my fiction. I keep picking it up anyway, it’s just flowing so well right now and I hate to stop working on it. But then, the freelance will pay in a matter of weeks, where the fiction won’t even be ready for submission for a few months – and there’s no guarantee of payment at all there.

I wasn’t supposed to work on the fiction at all yesterday, but I wound up allotting myself one hour to work on the chapter I was on.... that hour turned into the whole day, because it was just flowing so well. I’m in the editing process and the first few revisions get the story out, but at this stage of the game it’s all about making sure that the reader is involved, all of the plotlines are going the right way and none of them dead end or waver. I’m cutting all of the back story, which seemed so necessary in the heat of creation but I know only serves to pull the reader back from the experience.

As a means to pat myself on the back some, the chapter I just finished was torture to write originally. It bored me to tears, but had to be in because it introduced key characters. I’m sure those of you who write have been there – you know what has to be said, and where the characters should go, but it’s torture getting it on the page... Well, after a full day of tooling re-tooling, playing and finagling, I love this chapter... it brings you right into the character’s head without spoon feeding at all, and if you’ve read my posts before you know that’s my main flaw in writing.

So what’s on the agenda today? Finish the e-book edits and send, get a leg up on the articles due out this week, and not touch the fiction until after I hit my quota if at all.... And what’s sitting in front of me right this second? A hot cup of coffee and my next chapter.... maybe just one hour on my fiction first.....

2 comments:

Anita Daher said...

Hi Merry! I so know that feeling, and am so glad my days are now dedicated to fiction. Still, there are days that are difficult. I LOVE it when it flows!

p.s. Now that I've found your blog, I've linked you! Hope you don't mind :-)

Merry Jelinek said...

Hi Anita!!!

I don't mind at all - I've had you linked for a while... though I haven't been actively commenting...

Damn blogging, another distraction that keeps me from the real work... though it's a fun distraction.

It's great that your days are devoted to fiction. For those of us still working our way up the rungs, seeing working writers succeed with the type of writing they enjoy lets us know it's possible.

Thanks for stopping in. Always great to see you.