The Great Drought

Reluctant God by Francis Tsai

Reluctant God by Francis Tsai

My story has been under siege for years with bad decisions and their corrections. I've found that when I go back to the earlier parts of the book, I can expand, revise, create entire new paths with no problem, but now where I'm at, I'm stuck, forced to second guess myself as I go through all the possibilities in my head.

Many of my fellow writers have told me that I over think my projects, spending too much worrying about each stroke and decision. Unfortunately, that's what has made my writing so strong, in their words. It works for me when I finally start writing. Sometimes I get a chapter perfect in the first run, most of the time though it takes a lot of refining, but when I'm done, it couldn't be done any other way.

Basically, I've gotten myself in a hole.

My only action plan, as it stands right now, is that if I can't get back into writing this novel in the next two weeks, I'm going to shelve it for a time and work on my next book. Maybe after that, I'll have sorted through my difficulties and will be able to finally finish this damnable novel.


Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.