On Not Wanting To Get On With It

Desert sands timelineI had my editor’s notes back for Desert Sands & Silence, book 6 of the GreenSky series, about…*goes to check emails* ooh, a month ago now. The diagnosis was pretty harsh; the timeline for the first half of the book doesn’t make sense, and there’s a character in the second half who isn’t really needed. Time would be better spent on two of the current main characters. So, essentially, most of the book needs a rewrite.

It’s only a novella, so 40k, and I entirely agree with what needs to change. But I’ve been putting it off because it’s scaring me.

It’s not a big rewrite, but it needs concentration. It needs me to sit down read the first half, work out what to change when, and write it. It also includes a difficult timeline for the first three chapters, which involved a spreadsheet and notes when I first wrote it, so that’ll need another look. It needs actual work.

That sounds pretty whiny, doesn’t it? But most of my writing, while involving planning, is done out of my head. I know what my characters are going to do, where they need to go. I don’t usually have to think too much, and so the idea of having to put that much information back into my head and then spill it out again in a different order is looking fairly daunting.

I keep getting distracted by other things as well. I’ve got reading and editing and reviews to do, and then another day’s gone and I haven’t written. I need to block out time for it, and just get on with it…

I may have to break out the gif.