Back in the Bunker and I Don’t Like Ike

by Jeff Abbott on September 12, 2008

I am going back in the bunker. I am stuck on a chapter that I just cannot make right and the only way to get through it to break it down in its entirety, shatter it, rebuild it. It’s one of the toughest chapters I’ve ever written in my life, for some reason, and so I don’t have anything to say today on the blog. I have to fix this, so I need to go back into isolation and strike the flint in my brain, see if I can catch a spark. Don’t think poorly of me if I don’t blog for a couple of days. Entertain yourself here, or here, or here.
This was a hard thing for me to confess. Writers will talk about the sweat required for every book with each other, and with their editors, but confessing that I’m having trouble with a chapter feels very strange to say to readers. It’s like making sausage: I hope y’all enjoy the meal, but I’m not sure you really want details of the cooking.
Ike has shifted to the east, so Austin’s out of its direct path, but this is not good news for Galveston and Houston. We are expecting over 25,000 evacuees in Austin from the two cities. Here’s hoping that the storm will weaken before it hits, that it won’t be another Alicia or Allison. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in harm’s way. Please take care of yourselves and be safe.

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    elaine viets September 13, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    It’s a relief, Jeff, to know another writer has problems writing a chapter. Sometimes I feel like I didn’t write the book, I wrestled it onto the page.
    Good look with the writing and the storm.

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