Damn You, Three-Quarters-of-a-Story!
2nd May 2010 in Writing
When writing a story, I always get stuck at the 75% mark. I’ve already taken the entire world of possibilities and whittled it down to one group of people, one set of locations, one tone and voice. I know how the story starts and how it’s supposed to end. It’s just that I can’t quite get there. The story is far enough done that all the excitement of mystery and possibility for me as a writer have gone, but not quite far enough that I can sit back and thrill in the joy of completion.
I swear, every single thing I’ve ever written has got stuck at 75%. Sometimes it only takes a few days for me to get past that stumble and finish. Sometimes it takes six months.
I’ve currently got five stories stuck at the 75% mark, and it’s driving me fucking crazy. All I want to do is throw them in the bin and write something shiny and new – which, of course, will also then get stuck at 75%.
Art is hard. I’m going to go and watch Prisoner Cell Block H instead.