The Book I’m Not Writing

Apparently attitude also has something to do with elevation gain.

Apparently attitude also has something to do with elevation gain.

I have in the last few months finally gained momentum on my third novel. Normally I’m sufficiently motivated and often disciplined that, even though I have lots else going on (like a full-time job – is this sounding like an excuse?), I manage to find time to write. At least once a week. Which might not sound like a lot but you’d be surprised what can be done in a solid day. But when it came to my third novel, for a bunch of reasons (or perhaps one big reason) I took an almost two year hiatus. So, yes, thrilled that that’s over, but what interests me now is how the novel I thought I was writing then is not the novel I’m writing now. Sure, the basics of the story are the same, as is the protagonist, but I know that directions I’m taking now are not necessarily ones I would have taken back then. In fact, I don’t need a two year break for this to be true. In the week (and sometimes weeks) that passes between writing stints, my changing moods affect not so much plot (which is either pretty firmly set in my head or takes unanticipated turns that seem to emerge from nowhere else but my typing fingertips) but the protagonist’s attitude. And, of course, as is well known, attitude is the difference between comedy and tragedy.

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