closing in

Getting close to finishing my novel. As I accelerate toward the end, I’ve noticed I’m writing a lot of dialog and not a lot of much else. I think it’s like sketching and will go back in to fill in the details. I also have to go back and look at the stakes. That’s easy to overlook, but it’s essential for the reader to know what’s at stake for the character and to run across unexpected moments.

It’s a rainy day, so there are fewer distractions. Speaking of, take a look at this article about the dangers of multi-tasking, particularly if you are having problems with procrastination (close that game of Spider Solitaire!). Bottom line, given the choice between doing the easy thing and the hard thing, we will opt for the easy thing. Or as Sir Joshua Reynolds said, “There is no expedient to which man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.”

Or writing.

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