Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

I Love My WIP Too Much

I wish I could go back and tell my 20-year-old self that I didn’t know what busy was. I wish I could tell my 30-year-old self I still didn’t know what busy was. I wish I could tell my grad school attending, mother-of-Sweetpea self that I still didn’t really, really know what busy was. Going back to work, having two young kids, and trying to write is insane.

Those of you with three or more kids, my hat is off to you. You guys are super heroes for sure.

I <3 My WIP Too Much

Writing has been a challenge this week, and I don’t mean just from the “I don’t have time and I’m already brain dead from work” perspective. I’m fighting with the middle of my story. I know I should just grit my teeth and get through it, but I don’t want to waste time again on it and have it fall flat.

I’m reminded of something I heard Brandon Sanderson say about not writing “The Book” you have in your head, the one you loved the idea for since middle school. At least, don’t try to do it as your first book. I’m so emotionally invested in this, I’m worried I’ll turn out like Tolkien and slave away on this book for 15 years.

But I don’t want to give up on it. I love the world of Rivenloss that the Dreamless City is set in. I enjoy going there, writing a scene, and kicking the cornerstones a bit. Sometimes I can smell the damp cobblestones and hear the chug of the steam carriages.

You writers out there, do you ever feel like you love your work-in-progress too much?

I think that I could write a new story easier and with less strife than it is going to take me to finish this.  I just want to get it right so badly, I probably am getting in my own way.  Maybe I should go write something crazy, like an urban fantasy set in Chinatown or a Weird West adventure with orcs and elves…

And Here’s Is My New Favorite Cover

You might have heard about Hozier, a young, Irish folk rock singer.  If not, you are going to hear this song on the radio by the end of the some.  I’d put 20 bucks down on a bet.

But here is my new fav cover, of Fun.’s song We Are Young, which I already enjoy plenty. This just makes me want to grab a notepad and a pen, and scribble something magical onto the page.

I have a confession to make.  I love my current Work in Progress too much. Is there a support group for this?

3 comments on “I Love My WIP Too Much

  1. briechildress
    May 18, 2014

    If you find that support group, let me know. Julia Cameron might suggest that you go do your household mending, and that sewing up a hem may help you sew up your plot. My hat is off to you, Tracy!

    • tracycembor
      May 22, 2014

      With my luck I’d end up in the kitchen cooking up more trouble!

  2. teannadorsey
    May 30, 2014

    Every time I get stuck with my WIP I contemplate going off and starting something new because it seems easier but whenever I start I can’t get more than a few thousand words before I realize I need to be working on my main story. Working on a new side project does help clear the head a bit.

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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