Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mid-Novel Speedbump


I have now read through half of my lovely manuscript.  While the first nine chapters pulled me along in their flow, I am now slowing and having to push myself through.  This middle part, without a doubt, is in dire need of some major TLC. 

To be honest, it is slightly disheartening.  I know:  Its a rough draft.  It is supposed to suck.  That is why I am now going over this, to polish it and make it shine.  I guess I am just realizing that I do have more work ahead of me... but it will get done!  There have been moments I have read that I completely love.  Those are what are keeping me reading.

I know some of you are hoping I will talk more about what Lani is teaching in my Revisions class.  Now, as I may quote some things and mention things here and there, I need to let you know that I won't share all the lessons.  If you want to know more, then sign up for the next class!  Taking a good class, or reading a good instruction book, is very much worth it my friends.

As of right now, I have index cards finally appearing on my wall, scenes and Acts growing, and a much better idea of what this thing is that I call my first novel.  Now I just need to convince my confidence to stay...

My question:  How do you chase away the writer blues and doubts that still battle against you, no matter how much you remind yourself you ARE awesome?

2 comments:

Julia Broadbooks said...

It is hard not to give into doubts that set in. Sometimes I really have to make a consious effort to take note of what works as well as what still needs refining.

Brad Jaeger said...

There's a few ways to combat those nagging doubts. Some of the things that have worked for me:

- Thinking about steaming piles of crap that have gone on to be published and flourish

- Reminding myself that the first draft will always suck. ALWAYS

- Telling myself that the craft only improves through practice

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