The Wall

sewEveryone hits it eventually.  The dreaded wall.  Luckily my wall seems to be made more of a kind of transparent fabric rather than bricks and mortar, so it has slowed me down but not stopped me.  I’ve been working on the third draft of my mentorship novel for a few weeks now.  While the planning was tough, the actual writing has been flowing quite well.  Until now.

There’s always a place in a manuscript (often several) where the writing gets really tough.  For me it was a particularly tricky scene to write – smack bang in the middle of the novel – the dark point for my protagonist.  Writing through this scene and out the other side has been hard work.  I’m pretty stubborn though, so even in these stages I still write every day.  On the good days, I do well above my daily word quota, but on days like these I just skim the minimum.

It’s not unusual that during the difficult stage of any novel a new idea comes along to tempt me with its freshness.  Christine Bongers recently blogged about this phenomena, using a really clever analogy.  But like Chris, I’m finding ways to work on both projects.  The new idea has become like a reward, which I only get to work on once I’ve gotten through (at least) my quota of words for the novel redraft.  It’s also a very different project: a picture book, where I get to play with words and images.  It’s actually the perfect project to start while redrafting a novel, because the smallness of it is quite refreshing.  I’m also finding that, since starting the new project, I come back to my novel each day with more energy.

The new idea came after yet another person asked if I’d done anything with Squish, the small rabbit that runs across this blog.  So essentially, I’m fighting the wall with a small white rabbit.  He must know kung-fu, because he’s certainly doing a good job of it.

Note: My working title for the story was ‘Squish, the Small Rabbit’ but for obvious reasons it has since changed (just read it aloud).

7 Responses to “The Wall”

  1. 1 chrisbongers April 2, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Katherine, you gotta squish that working title, you are so not a bunny killer! Another great blog, btw. I’m making Henry Hoey Hobson my reward because writing it is so much easier and more fun than where I currently am in The Lonely Dead. But I have let that big dog back off the chain and am trying not to play with the puppy too much!

  2. 2 Sheryl Gwyther April 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Hey, Kath, here’s something to think about when the writing gets tough and the Wall seems high – well, two things actually:
    Oscar Wilde said, ‘I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.’ Now that is hard work!
    Then again, Raymond Chandler observed, ‘When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.’ :)

  3. 3 Katherine Battersby April 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Chris – sounds like we’re at a similar place. And love the title of the new pup!

    Sheryl, I think I’m more of a Chandler woman, than a Wilde. I’m more likely to go in there with guns blazing than playing with commas!

  4. 4 Kathleen Noud April 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Yay for guns blazing!
    (says the girl whose writing about uncontacted Amazonian tribes trying to sacrifice a fifteen year old girl)
    And can I say how jealous I am that you are on your third draft! Awesome work :D

  5. 5 Katherine Battersby April 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks Kathleen! And I knew you’d be a guns blazing girl – can’t wait to read your story. Action packed and full of delicious tension, no doubt…

  6. 6 Lynn Priestley April 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Ah, yes…the wall. I have hit it a few times in the past couple of weeks, and sadly bounced back to land square on my bum. Happy to report that I finally smashed my way through. And it’s a nice hole. It lets the light in.
    Thank you for your encouragement…

  7. 7 Katherine Battersby April 10, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Am so glad to hear it, Lynn! Hope your rear end is recovering…

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A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

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