The Awesome Power of Willpower

17 Jul

It’s 6:00 in the morning. I’ve been up all night writing. I am about to fall down dead, but wanted to write this post first. Here goes nothin’.

During the first round of editing my manuscript, I found a couple of glaring plot holes and places that just needed to be beefed up a bit. The most daunting of all of these findings was that I would need to add a whole chapter to the middle of my already existing manuscript. Now, a lot of you will say, “So? You already wrote your entire manuscript… What’s another chapter?”. Well, my dear reader, another chapter is like a whole other story when it comes to my characters. The problem I face with adding an entire new chapter is, I have NO idea what those crazy bastards are going to do that will end in me going back and adding SEVERAL tie-ins to spots that I had already deemed perfect.

Needless to say, I started this chapter and, thus far, am pleased to announce that my characters seem to be behaving themselves. For the time being. 3,500 words into it and the only things I can see that will need to be edited are the two chapters immediately following this new one. And that will be light editing even since I will only have to repair a few timeline issues that this whole thing has brought to light.

I have put off writing this chapter for 139 days because I was TERRIFIED that I would end up re-writing most of my manuscript because of it. Words cannot describe how relieved I am that the kids seem to be playing nice (What sound? Oh, that one… That was me knocking on wood.). Now that I’m knee deep in this, I realize the error of my ways. I should have sat down and put my fingers to the keys 139 days ago and just trusted in my story and have faith that it will work its own issues out as it always has.

This is just a reminder to everyone, whether you’re a blogger, an accomplished novelist, sitting down to write the first word in your first manuscript, or hanging out with me somewhere in the middle: The only thing standing between you and a finished story is you.

Now get to your writing.



Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Mountains and Mole Hills


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4 responses to “The Awesome Power of Willpower

  1. Heidi Street

    July 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    I know the feeling, you want to get something done, but you can’t because one of your characters puts their foot down and demands you do something other than what you want to get them to do. Especially in fantasy novel writing (or is that just my fantasy novel?).

    • gavinmorningstar

      July 17, 2012 at 6:42 AM

      From what I understand (and I’ve talked to a LOT of authors about this) this happens to everyone! Hahahaha! When I first started this book, I tried to keep them on the straight and narrow and force them to do what they were “supposed” to do so that I could meet my deadline. That attitude caused me to fall WAY behind. One day (I remember it clearly because I looked like a lunatic in the middle of the coffee shop), I threw my hands in the air and just yelled, “FINE! You think YOU know what’s best? Just take over my entire story then!”. From that point on, I cranked out between 3,000 and 10,000 words every day and ended up finishing my first draft several days ahead of schedule. I learned my lesson then and there!

      • Heidi Street

        July 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        I haven’t gone to that extreme, although I do rant to my friend who acts as my editor when my characters misbehave. In fact, two of them are refusing to let me write a vital scene until I think of something more glamorous to talk about before hand!

  2. LadyGrave

    August 3, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    I understand that terror of writing new material in an almost-finished manuscript. I recently had to CHANGE THINGS in chapter 1, Chapter 1 which had been finished for ages, and I was terrified to work back into it… but not as scared as I was to tackle the last chapter, because if something unexpected happens at the end it could change everything! I’m glad the new chapter is going well for you. 🙂


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