Just sent this email about Hel’s Bet to Written in Blood – my kickass writing group
Finishing this rewrite of Hel’s Bet is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
The current state of my brain is hyper-sensitive to complex sorting and scheduling and pretty much anything that has to do with making correspondences between 2 documents (forget 3!) or within a document.
Looking back over my writing of the past months I discovered that the only time I got momentum going is when I had completely new chapters to write – that was reassuring and eye opening. That means that I can still write (or so you guys assure me – I don’t think you say nice things about HB out of pity for your brain-damaged colleague ;^).
I had thought that by digesting my rewrite notes into a simpler form I would break the rewrite logjam but instead I just concentrated all the things my brain hates.
I came up with a solution that I know is going to work. I decided that what I need is a daily list of writing tasks that I can check off as I finish them. Assembling that list and sticking to it is a toughy for me so I asked my friend and aide Brook to collaborate more closely with me on the text. We are meeting at his coffee shop, Café Wren – http://www.cafewren.com – at 2.
I love collaboration. I know this is going to work!
Will share news of my new writing regime’s success.
Still trying to wring art and joy out of my balky lump of neurons,