Hate to write—?

» Posted on Mar 26, 2006 in Blog | 3 comments

What part of writing do you hate to do? Someone mentioned how the beginning of a book was hard for them to do. I think that is the easy part. The part I don’t like is from about pages 90-130. Oh, and also the rereading of the book at the end. I just got through going over my newest one and I think I can recite the book by now.

From 90 to 130 is when the bloom is dying, but you’re too far from the end to see the light of day. You know your characters but they aren’t speaking to you as much as they do after the halfway mark (I wonder how that sounds to someone who doesn’t write–fictitious characters speaking to you–send her to the psych ward).

So is it the beginning, the middle, the end? Or is it something else? The coming up of the idea? The characterizations? What makes you cringe and want to avoid the computer? What makes you think cleaning the toilet sounds like a good idea?


  1. Hmmmmm. I hate rewrites. Not all, mind you, but most. I think the middle is the hardest though. Some goals are being reset, the first tension is dying, but the second one has yet to start the downward spiral.

    Speaking of phsyc ward, my hubby goes around telling people that his wife has a whole universe in her head. Imagine how that sounds to others.LOL.

    You ever had a stare down with a character who just wouldn’t give up their info?

  2. The thing I hate is trying to stitch scenes together that have come to me out of order, and make them make sense. Or sometimes I’ve written the same scene (Can you say Alphasmart!) twice…LOL! And I have to decide which one to keep and which one is the recycle bin candidate.

    What an interesting discussion!


  3. Pammer, there are certain characters who are just difficult to get to know even in their imaginary lives.

    Cheryl, I ususally write my book in order but every once and a while I don’t. It is strange to write scenes out of sequence for me. But sometimes you have to.


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