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The Bet

Oi! I finally finished a sex scene in my novel The Bet... a novel that I started nearly 2 years ago.

Actually, the story was planned as a Harry Potter NextGen fanfic 4 years ago. 3 years ago I revamped the storyline into an AU Star Trek fanfic. Then 2 years ago I revamped it to the original fiction story it is today.

Maybe that's why it's been so hard for me to write it! I've never had so much writer's block on a story before. When I sit down to write it, it takes me an hour to write 250 words. For reference, I can easily write 1,000 words in 45 minutes most of the time. I think it's because this is the first novella I am attempting to write as original fic from start to finish. My published novella The Broken started as a fanfic that I altered into original fic. Granted, I altered it a LOT, and cut out/polished some sub-plots, so it's quite different, but I used about 50% of the original words, meaning I started with it 50% done!

However, The Bet has been a struggle from start to finish. The good news though is that I struggled through a sex scene that I had literally been putting off for almost 2 years! I typically skip sex scenes when I write, adding a note to the manuscript like ADD SEX HERE and then continuing writing. This is because sex scenes always take me forever to write!

Sometimes this doesn't work as I am a very chronological writer--I cannot skip around when I am writing (except for sex scenes) or I get writer's block until I go back and write what I skipped. For some reason, I think this sex scene had that effect on me, and now that I've gone back and written it, I'm hoping the rest of the story will flow nicely!

I would LOVE to get this novella written and published before 2014... 4 years of it percolating in my head is more than enough! Cross your fingers for me!


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Jul. 20th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm still looking forward to that book :)
Jul. 27th, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
The Bet has frustrated me so much, I've considered not finishing it... but then I remember that there are wonderful people like you who want to read it and it makes me keep working on it! So thank you for your support!
Feb. 12th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
Hey Stella, hoping your still going to finish this. Been waiting for it since read a preview in The Broken (think that is where it was). Was hooked from just that little bit. Here's hoping you will finish soon.
Mar. 30th, 2014 06:48 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment! You have no idea how much it helps my motivation to know that someone cares enough about my story to come look me up to ask about it! =)

I didn't want to reply to this comment until I could give a more definitive answer... I am definitely going to finish the book. I've just been struggling with a LOT of writer's block lately and can't seem to get much done except editing....

I really appreciate your support though, and I've been trying very hard to work on the book since you commented. Since you commented, I've managed to finish one chapter... and I have eight more to write, then edit, then format. So, I can't promise you how long it will take, but I can promise that I WILL finish the story, and the minute I do, I will let you know!
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