I know what it’s like to write a hard book. Just remember–every book gets to a really hard part … . Anne Dee and I are both in hard parts of our novels. So–keep in mind that every novel can get really, really crummy.
I KNOW that I listed several reasons to abandon the novel I started, and some of those reasons were dang good, but then I commented on CLW’s “Danger! Danger!” post. The next thing I know she’s giving me good advice about writing “hard” books, and one line zaps me like a freakin’ cattle prod:
“This is the reason so many people have so many starts and so few finished books. Just a heads up … .”
So, for better or worse, I’m continuing on with this HARD write because IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAT I FINISH IT THAN IF IT’S GOOD!
Does that make sense? I’m thinking it does, because if I don’t finish THIS one, I’m afraid I won’t finish any at all.
I’ve also decided to follow a plan – NOT an outline, but a P.L.A.N. to help work through the “hard”. Here are just a few steps:
- Write a synopsis of my WIP – a better one than the one I created at WIFYR. (You see, I misunderstood that assignment and wrote a “blurb” that a prospective author might write for an agent. DuH!)
- I already carry around a notebook where I record lots of random things, but now I’m going to dedicate a section to ideas I may discover while living my life that might just work in my “once and future novel.”
- Write biographies for my main characters and include the all-important “character arch.”
- Learn to write to a timetable – to write SOMETHING everyday – whether it is H.A.R.D. or not.
- Whistle, sing, or hum while I work; and this is one of the songs that I’ll whistle, sing, or hum:
Here I go again, I hear those trumpets blow again.
All aglow again , takin’ a chance on [you].
Here I slide again, about to take that ride again.
[Bleary-eyed] again, takin’ a chance on [you].