Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The difference... (IWSG)
Yes, I've been feeling different. I've realised that what people have been saying is true: that it's worth taking time over your novel, thinking about it, taking time out if necessary to get to know your characters and your plot... and that no writing is wasted writing or wasted time.
So, you're probably going - "Well, yes, duh!" - but although I knew it was true I couldn't feel it, didn't feel it was the right way for me. I was in a constant frenzy of "Must get this done! No time to lose!" and felt like a complete failure when I stalled or, worse, gave up.
I'm 15,000 words into my novel and I know I've got to start again. I've been writing 3 characters and jumping from one to the other and feel now that I'm losing the momentum and that it's bitty. Usually, this would have been the point where I felt as though I was never going to succeed and would have been totally down on myself, full of self-loathing and would have abandoned the project.
I DON'T FEEL LIKE THAT AT ALL!
Somehow, my psyche has accepted that it will be a long slog and that if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well. I like this story, I like these characters, I have the location clear in my mind and all I have to do is work out the best way to tell the story. And I will.
So, how are you doing? Hope I'll find out on the IWSG bloghop. You can see who's taking part over at Alex's blog here.