Now for today's post.
This is an idea, related to writing, that I found somewhere on the great and wondrous Internet, and thought would be a good blog post to try and write. Basically, I'm going to write about the hardest scenes I've had to write, and the hardest moments in my life, and sort of parallel them. Writing very much follows the author's life, I've discovered, even though it's not usually intentional, and thus by looking deeper into the writing, you can look deeper into the life, and vice versa.
I'm going to try my best to keep this spoiler-free, but be warned, I might reveal a bit about my books. More detail on this kind of subject is going to go into the special web content I post with each published book, so think of this as a preview.
In ninth grade I started the Chosen Four series, which at first (though it did need a lot of editing afterwards) I didn't have all that much trouble with. It was almost an alternate continuation of The Psychic Story, with more detail and more characters and a slightly different premise, but then I came to the third book, On the Run (which I re-titled three times incidentally), and I ran into an immensely aggravating block. I got halfway through the story and suddenly it was making me sick. I'd gone off in the wrong direction, and that wrong direction was The Psychic Story. I was trying to use the same plot scheme with a related character all over again, it wasn't right. Not for this story. Not for this one.
So I rewrote the section twice and found a new thing for my main character to be angsty about, and finally everything cleared up. I finished that book in actually a record time for me (at that point), two months. Since then, of course, my record has shortened still, and I think I'm at 18 days for my shortest time writing a novel (and like five years for the longest). But that's not the point, so we're moving on. I finished the series with no more setbacks and all was well.
I also finished Perished, which is the five-year novel, around that time. Perished took me so long, I think, because I wasn't getting the right inspiration. It finally came around strong and sure in twelve grade, and after that things were a bit slow, but okay. It was hard pulling together all the ideas related to the novel into an actual story, but it came out quite nicely, I think.
Now, I'll be moving on with the trilogy, as further mentioned, with the intention of finishing one novel and getting a fair amount of progress on another within one month for my new NaNo goal. Dutiful and Beautiful are up for grabs next, and when they're done, I'll be able to tell you what part of my life they reflect. But for now, that is all.
If you're a writer, what have been your hardest scenes to write, and how does your work reflect your life? If you're a reader, can you think of any examples of the things I've talked about for your other favorite books? I'd love to hear them.
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