Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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?