Aside from my current video game addictions I’m still trying to write. I recently got a contract with Mundania Publishing to do some freelance editing, and a friend of mine might need some help with a book she’s putting together, but I also want to write a new novel of my own.
My last book didn’t hit the right buttons with my agent, and so rather than waste my time writing a full book that won’t fly I’ve decided to take her advice and work on the chapter breakdown of my next book first before writing the novel itself.
I’m almost done, but I’m surprised to find that writing a chapter summary can be almost as hard as a writing a full chapter. The problem comes with ideas, and seeing how they come together. While writing a regular chapter you are carried along by filling out the prose – dialog, narrative, etc. It’s not filler, of course, but you end up taking much longer getting from A to B. As a result you have more time to let the story sink in and then keep going. With a summary you find that suddenly you have to come up with the next big idea a lot sooner than you expected, so the block sets in faster. So while for a novel I could write a dozen double space pages a day easy, for a summary I’m lucky to get one a day before my brain needs to recharge. Go figure.
Either that, or I just need an excuse to go kill more people in Bad Company 2.