My Personal Goat Goddess and there's a minor problem: I'm getting bored. It's horrible. I feel guilty. I love these characters, even with as much work as they need. But, in writing the correspondence between A&M or trying to write some events from M's POV, I find myself wanting to yawn.
I have to remind myself that most of this will never be seen by anyone but me, and it's not about forwarding a plot, but simply about who they are. And who out there is exciting and interesting all the time? Feel free to raise your hand. It's definitely not me.
But even with that reminder, I'm finding it hard to stick to the course. I'm not excited about the introductory letters. It's helpful (I know!) because it's laying out so much background information that is important to both of them, plus it's doing it in a semi-"active" way. I've also been trying to skip around a little, hitting some of the landmark letters that get mentioned throughout the story, and those seem to be just as hard, even if they're not quite as boring.
Writing M at 14 when he receives the first letter is difficult because I have never been a fourteen year old boy (and I don't think I liked them much when I was 14). Maybe I need to spend more time with my nephew...
No one said writing would be easy. If it were, everyone would do it. And if everyone did it, then we'd all still be riding horses, fighting dragons, reading by torch-light over a good glass of mead.
But who would make the mead?
How do you handle long tasks that are boring or frustrating? They all need to get done eventually. What tips can you share?