Chimichanga Challenge Update:
Team Tamale: 11,845 words (out of 40,000)
Team Gluten-Intolerant: Disneyland (out of 40,000)
Yep, Bree Despain is in Disneyland. So let me just say right now, what were we smoking when we said 40,000 words?
But the contest has kick-started me into the second book. Most authors I know warned me that writing a second book, under contract, under deadline, would be much harder than writing the first.
Now I know what they mean. This second book has been the naughty child. It's shy, stubborn, and it gives me the silent treatment. I kept trying to coax the story out of its bedroom, but most of these attempts ended in a door slammed in my face.
So I sort of just ignored it. But here's something I learned... something we should print on a bumper sticker or something:
The book won't get written if you ignore it.
Catchy, isn't it? Even more simply put: It won't get written if you don't write it.
I know it seems obvious, but it's so easy to forget. If you're like me, you like for your inspiration to hit first, and then the writing comes. But sometimes, you have to write first.
And that's when the writing can be painful... like I have to quite literally take my hand, shove it up my nose, dig around in my brain for the right words, and then yank them out, covered in cerebral goo.
Sometimes you have to forget about the writing and focus on the typing. Just type. Type as many words as you can in an hour.
And through this random typing, I discovered a few scenes I wasn't expecting. I love these scenes. But it took a lot of bad typing, and bad words, to get there.
Just for fun, I thought I'd share some of my favorite lines from EVERNEATH 2. I know they are out of context, but hopefully you'll enjoy them. (I shared a few on Twitter last week).
"Aren’t you the least bit curious about how I got you into bed last night?"
“You haven’t changed a bit. No 'how do you do?' no talk of the weather. Just a good swift kick to the groin.”
"I couldn't help but notice you confiscated a clump of my hair last night."
"What was your first clue?"
"The ripping pain at my temple."
"Sorry, but the vomit spewing from your mouth drowned out that last word. What were you going to do?"
"I hope you realize, if you forget him... he WILL die. You know this, right? Tell me you know this."
Okay, I don't know if those will even be interesting when they're so out of context. Most of them are spoken by the same character. (A character I have grown to love. Obsessively).
If you're ever stuck on writing, try typing. I promise it will get better.
What do y'all do when you're stuck? And do you like the lines? And if you're in the Chimichanga Challenge, what's your word count?