Unexpected Roadblock

I know I wrote in my last post that I was at a critical point in my story.  I also said the next time you hear from me I’d be finished, but I’m not.  I’ve hit an unexpected snag in my story that I can’t seem to get past.

I’m nearing the end and I have all of the details already written out.  The problem I’m having is with the dialogue in this crucial scene I’m on.  I know how I want it to play out, I just can’t seem to get the words onto the page the way I want it.  Again, I probably shouldn’t be over-analyzing this, but I can’t help it.  It’s such a crucial point that I don’t want to get it completely wrong the first time.  I even went over the scene in my head while I was cutting grass this weekend, of all things.  However, when I sat down to write just a little while ago I couldn’t get the words out on the page.

I can’t go into detail about the specifics of where I’m stuck as it reveals too much about the story.  I’m going to sleep on it again and hopefully tomorrow I can finally get past it.  I guess all writers go through this, I just didn’t expect it after I had mapped out the entire story in detail.  Fun times!

A Pivotal Point

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve made a post.  I haven’t had much time to sit around and write for the past week, but was able to do a little bit this evening.

I am nearing the end of the first draft.  I’m currently at the most critical point in the story where all the happenings up to that point are being explained.  It’s really nice to be at this point in the story as things are about to come to an end.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve actually made it this far, even if it has taken me a few weeks to get there.

I’m really excited to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I can’t wait to finish the first draft so I can start reading through it and take notes for the revisions.  I’m also excited and a little nervous at the same time to show my story to the people that are going to be reading and analyzing it for me.  My wife just happens to be one of them and the other is a friend of mine.  I’ll be really interested to hear their input and what types of changes they feel I might need to make before I publish it.

It will actually be only the second time I’ve ever shared any of my stories with anyone.  The only other time was back in college when I wrote a short science fiction screenplay that I shared with a buddy of mine.  He gave me some good constructive criticism on it and I actually still have that screenplay filed away somewhere.  I may actually turn it into a book one day, but not anytime soon.  I have to finish the one I’m currently writing first!

Be looking for another update next week where I’ll be announcing that my first draft is completed!  I will have it finished sometime next week.  Count on it!