Today I wrote the second most difficult scene in the current novel (which I shall from here on out refer to as LTB:ES, as the title is now official).
Quantity-wise, it wasn’t a large amount. But emotion-wise it was quite a lot. And I’m sure it will require some editing, but in a couple of days, when I’ve gotten some distance from it.
Actually, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much editing I fear this novel will need. (Maybe fear isn’t quite the right word, but it is definitely close.) I think that may be part of the reason I have been struggling with The Block over the last month or so; every time I finish something, whether it be a paragraph or a page or a chapter, I feel it is unrealistic, uninteresting, unrelate-able… droll.
The thing is, I still feel very strongly about this story and its characters. So if heavy editing is what is required to make it work, so be it. And I’ve finally reconciled myself to that. I think.