Chapter 13 Deadline

My Goal is to send chapter 13 of TRC to my editor (Val) by Sunday before 1PM. If I don’t accomplish this, I’m going to slap myself on the face. 

These days, I’m slacking off too much. Whenever I sit in front of my laptop, ready to start revising, I end up surfing the net or replying to emails. This is very bad. So today, after work, I bought myself coffee and opened Microsoft Word, determined to revise Chapter 13 and send it over to Val before midnight. My eyes were puffy and my nose itchy due to my allergies, but I continued to work on it, until my brain would no longer function. So I’m putting it off until tomorrow until my brain clears up a bit. Oddly enough, I feel fine when blogging…

What I’m most stressed about right now is the last four chapters of TRC. It broaches on the subject of poverty in 19th century London which I don’t know too much of. M.M.Bennetts recommended a few books to me: The Regency Underworld by Donald A. Low, London in the Nineteenth Century by Jerry White, and The Roads to Waterloo by Gregor Dallas.  I’ve read a bit of The Regency Underworld already, so I know I’ll be able to find it in the library again, but I’m not too sure about the other two. Hopefully the library has it. Now, the main reason as to why I’m so stressed out by the last four chapters is that it’s what will determine whether the reader will either hate/forget or love my book. I’ve always believed that no matter how dull a book might be, if it ends with a bang, it tends to leave a good impression. So…ugh…I need these four chapters to stand out a lot. But as it is, with the outline I made for it, it’s so mediocre (though better than the original draft!). I’m confident about the final chapter (Hint: Brothel, Amanda, Lucas), but not it’s predecing four, is what I mean. Where is my muse! Where has my inspiration gone! Come back to me…..I think, once I have these four down pat, my next revision of TRC will be so much more smooth.

Sunday, April 26, 9:42 a.m.: Mission accomplished! I woke up early, the gloomy day inspired me, and I was able to revise Chapter 13 (fixing up what grammars and typos I encoutered, rewriting two dialogues, rewriting a few narrations) and just sent it to Val via email.

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4 responses to “Chapter 13 Deadline

  1. blogging seems to be a great way to procrastinate. especially when writing an essay! i would fall asleep re-reading my essay, but when i start blogging, i’m awake again! hehehe.

    also, for poverty in the 19th century, if you’re pressed for time, and resources at the library, read articles. i.e. online. if you go to google, and you click on “SCHOLAR” at the top under “more”, and you search for 19th century poverty, you will find a plethora of articles you can read to help you. or not (?) hehe.

    anywho. good luck with the last four chapters. i am in agreement with you about finishing with a bang. i remember reading Jane Eyre and hating it all the way through to the last bit. I couldn’t put the book down after the fire incident. Before that, I thought I was going to die through the book. gogogo, Junerbuggers. 🙂

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  2. junebugger

    Thanks for the suggestion! I’m not really pressed for time (I’m in highschool after all) but I don’t think I have enough time to go through three books. Maybe I’ll go through the books in my next revision, right now I just need something to stimulate my imagination. So, again, thanks for the suggestion.

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  3. raven

    Ugh! I hate deadlines, the very sight of the word makes me cringe, but congrats on revising Chapter 13.

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