I have been struggling to write anything lately.
This is due to two factors.
First, I simply lack the time to do so. The first half of my current manuscript was hammered out in a relatively short time while I was unemployed and looking for work. I had loads of spare time on my hands, and could type away for hours each day. This freedom has been seriously hampered by the two jobs I currently have. I work 8 hours during the day, and again 2 or 3 hours at night. Between getting to and from work, eating, showering, doing the laundry and getting the grocery shopping done, I barely have time to get into bed on time.
I’m a big fan of Ian Irvine, who is capable of writing epic fantasy spanning whole trilogies and quartets DESPITE having a day job. And on top of that, he keeps in contact with his fans on facebook, frequently replying to comments and updating us about his work. I don’t even manage to twitter once a month.
Second, I realised that the plot I had vaguely in the back of my mind while writing the first half has some serious holes in it. I need to sit down and rethink the entire story, and come up with a plot that makes sense. Not just to me, but to a reader as well. I would love to sit down and bounce ideas off my most loyal supporter T, but finding the time across different timezones is difficult. Skype just isn’t the same if one of you has to leave for work or go to bed halfway throgh the call.
I’ve had an idea for the ending, but after thinking about it for quite some time I have come to the conclusion that it is too big, too complicated and too ambitious to fit into a single novel. I’m not trying to write a series or trilogy, I have my plate full with just this one standalone book. Given that it started out as an unfinished short story, I’m already beyond my comfort zone.
So I need a new ending 🙂