Now for today's post.
Today, 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.
*For a later post on a similar topic, click here.*
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 version of THE PSYCHIC STORY. Then I came to the third book, ON THE RUN (which I re-titled three times incidentally), and I ran into an 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, and it wasn't right. Not for this story.
So I rewrote the section twice and found a new thing for my main character to angst about, and everything cleared up. I finished that book in a record time for me then: two months. (Today, I think I'm at 18 days for my shortest time writing a novel, and like five years for the longest.) Then 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. It took me so long, I think, because I wasn't getting the right inspiration. It finally came around strong and sure in twelfth 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.
Overall, MERCIFUL was easy to write, and that's how I hit the record there.
Now, I'll be moving on with the trilogy, as further mentioned, with the intention of finishing one novel and getting some progress on another within one month for my new NaNo goal. 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?
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