Uncle Josh is having a crisis

I have been working through a book of 100 Science Fiction prompts, and the progress was slow at first, but acceptable. I quite liked my first story, and the second and third stories were all right even if a bit silly. The fourth story ended completely broken but I have a strong idea how to fix it.

Then came number 5.

So far the rough drafts of each story has taken about 11 days to fiinsh

I have been working on story 5 for 20 days.

So far, the rough drafts have been over 5,200 words in length.

At about the 5,000 word mark I tried scrapping everything and “write the good stuff”.

It’s not working.

There is no good stuff.

I am back to “I cannot think of the very next word to put down”.

Oddly, I like the world. I like the characters. I love the laconic voice the narrator had over the first few days, but lost. I like the idea, but I’m not finding the story.

At this pace, I’ll never get to the novellas.

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About Uncle Josh

I am a genre writer from the Great Metropolitan Rain Forest.

2 responses to “Uncle Josh is having a crisis”

  1. Doug Daniel says :

    Is there any reason you have to write the prompts in numerical order? Either way, good luck.

    • Uncle Josh says :

      The first part of this is daily writing practice, and then to actually complete things, because in ten years I have proven to myself that I can write good hooks but I have no good follow through. Finishing things is important, and I really the practice to finish.

      The numerical order is a self-imposed retriction. If I read too many prompts, my brain will jump around with ideas. If I read the prompts out of order, I’ll lose some. So mostly, my own discipline is at stake here.

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