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LIVING IN EDEN is plugging along, even though the doubt weasels are in high gear with this book. Their voices must be giving out for how much they’ve been talking to me. Every line I write they’re saying I should rethink it or do something different, etcetera, etcetera. I’m trying not to listen, but it’s hard. Writing fast is the best way around this, so that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m writing a good chunk every day plus going back over it and doing an immediate polish on what I’ve written. Hopefully that will make this a nice clean draft to give my beta-readers in a few weeks.
I’m mostly concerned with pacing. I feel like the first half of this book is a whole lot of world intro and establishing stuff before we get to the major action. But these are things I can’t worry about now and can be fixed in the second draft. Besides, it’s possible it’s all in my mind and it reads just fine. You’d think after writing a dozen books the process would get easier, but it doesn’t. SOme books are hard writes and some are easy. As long as you get to the finish line, that’s all that counts.
And I have this other book, hereby known as SC, which is my YA contemporary, that’s itching to be written. It’s all shiny and seductive. I’m jotting down notes, but that’s all the time I’m giving it right now. I am not a multi-tasker.
Okay….lunch with a friend, and then back to the keyboard. And I think I’m shutting off the Internet this afternoon. The weasels love using that to distract me. Stupid weasels.