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What have I been up to in the Writing World this week?

Okay, so I’m still getting back in the swing of writing after my very long slump. Part of that is blogging every week, even if I have little to nothing to say. At least right now it is little, rather than nothing.

This past week I have started thinking more in depth with where I am going when I finish writing book 3 of my Salvation trilogy. Not to say I’m anywhere close to being done with the trilogy (still have tons of edits and revisions on book two, and still polishing book one, let alone finishing book 3!). I’ve decided who the major players are, what perspectives I’m writing from, and what has transpired to lead to the events that take place in the next story. I’ve also decided that it begins with a daughter burying her mother. Maybe not the most creative in terms of cliches, but I hope to make it unique, all the same.

In the meantime, I’ve written about a page more of the third book in the Salvation trilogy – which is more than I’ve written for probably four or five months now. The title of the third book is Heart of the World, in case I haven’t mentioned that yet.

This week I have some time off from work, and my goal is to write at least a page a day. Not a lot, I know, but I think it’s important to keep goals attainable and right now I know  that a page a day is an attainable goal, but anything more than that would be overwhelming for me. That’s just how it goes when coming back from a slump.

How do you get yourself back into the swing of things after a slump?

Adventure well,

Emily

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Transcribing

The major downfall of handwriting all my drafts: transcribing them. I hate typing, have almost since I learned to do it. It’s not that I’m a bad typist (though I don’t have the “correct” form – I am able to type without looking at the keyboard though, so I don’t care if my form is correct or not (honestly, did you think I would, I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m not always a rule-girl!)). Mostly it is that typing for long periods of time makes either my hands or wrists hurt, and always this one spot in my shoulder muscle. Very unpleasant. Plus I just hate the posture it puts my body in. All around, typing is uncomfortable for me (probably part of what drives me to hand-write everything in the first place).

So it’s probably no surprise to you that I haven’t typed anymore of SOTD since my last update. It is still sitting in my desk drawer, patiently waiting while I pretend not to notice that nagging need to get it in a less-losable form. I have, however, continued to work on book three. I’m on the third chapter now, and feeling good. I’ll be excited to tell you more about books two and three one of these days. Though in all fairness I’m waiting largely because QFS is in submission, and I want to get that out to you before I start going into books two and three (spoilers, you know?).

Anyway, it’s going to be my goal this week to type some more, but we’ll see how that goes! If nothing else, at least I am writing!

(In other news, I’m about halfway through Marie Brennan’s book The Tropic of Serpents, the sequel to A Natural History of Dragons. I’m trying to take book two slower because it might be a little while before I can get my hands on book 3 of that series. And it’s a great one to read slowly – though I’ll be honest, today I devoured about a fourth of the thing.)

-Emily

I know I said…

It just so happens that I am really terrible at following my own rules. For instance: I said I wasn’t going to start working on book 3 for a while. I said I was going to at LEAST finish transcribing SOTD onto the computer. Well I just couldn’t resist. I’ve got about a third/half of the outline for 3 done, as well as the first ten pages. To be honest, I was going to write just the first scene tonight but it turned into most of the first chapter. I would keep going but between writing and crochet my hand needs a break!

I’m fairly excited for book three – I’m excited that it’s finally coming to a close (even as I say that I laugh at myself. It will be at LEAST a year of writing the first draft, and many more months editing and reworking. Besides, I haven’t even gotten past the first draft of book 2!). So even as I laugh, I am excited. I’ve known how this story will end for about three years now. Yes, some things have tweaked and changed in that, but the ultimate ending will still be the same and I CAN’T WAIT!

Do you have endings that you just can’t wait to write?

You know, I think part of my excitement is that I have been working on this story, in it’s many forms, since 2010. I wrote the first short story that inspired it all back when I was finishing my freshman year of college. It seems like so long ago now, and a lot of the story and world has changed since then. But some things have not. The main cities bear the same names as first I gave them, there are still mountains that house ancient ruins, the character in that short story has played a minor role in the first two books and will blossom in book 3. (Seriously, I am excited that his story still plays a part in the over all tale.) There is a deep sense of contentment that comes with knowing that I’m almost there. And it’s contentment with energy. I am energized by being so close to the end.

I think, after I finish 3, I will take a break in another world for a while. It’s a little early to say that for sure, but I think I need to let it all rest, to go and explore another strange land – to be an adventurer again rather than a native.

Of course, thinking about the end of this trilogy has also got me a little bittersweet. Again, I know it is premature, but I really am almost there. I’ve been through so much with these characters, this world. I can’t imagine what life will be like when I pack them all up in boxes and move on. When their stories are finished, will I keep thinking about other parts of their lives? Will I want to write them again? I wonder how I will be able to leave them. They are like my friends, and I will miss them.

But not yet! Because I still have plenty of time with them. 🙂 So for now I will be content with that.

Write on, my friends.

-Emily

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