No, don’t go!

I’ve spent the last several years trying to prefect my craft.  I’ve read so many how to and writing guide it’s not even funny.  And I think it’s had the opposite effect.

Instead of improving my writing beyond what it was, I’ve begun to over think the work.  I second guess my word choices and see holes where there are none.  I’ve become so concerned with the ‘taboo’ that my writing is suffering bad.  I long for the blissful days where I could use an ‘ly’ word and not worry about removing it or the deviations from standard ‘said, asked’ tags.  Can’t a person growl, scream, yell, purr, moan any more?

Gah!  So, this time, this novel, I’m throwing everything (almost) I’ve learned out the window.  I’m going to write how I always have and stick my tongue out at any who turn their noses up at me.  So there!

Now, I’m not saying my last novel was crap, (It is but I won’t get into that) I’m just saying it was harder and less pleasant to write with all the rules hanging out my head.  I struggled (Still am) to get it long enough to be publishable.  Not because there wasn’t enough story to fill the pages, but because I was afraid to pepper the work with purple pose, ‘ly’ words and funniness.

I have to reverse edit this novel because of it.  Instead of taking out what isn’t need, I have to figure out what is missing.  This is much harder for me to do.  When I finish a novel, I’m done.  I say good-bye to the lovely characters I’ve gotten to know and love.  On this one, I have to hold on to them that much longer.  It makes me feel like a Mom who can’t let go of her kids when it’s time for them to leave the nest.

So, the point?  Forget everything you learned about writing a novel, until you hit the second draft.  You may need more ink in that red pen than before, but at least you won’t have to breathe life into a dead story.

I’m going to roll up my sleeves and attempt to revive this dead manuscript.

Clear!!! KAZZITK!

It’s alive!!!!!!

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About adsimons

I'm about to embark on the wonder journey of publishing. Come join me as I struggle to get it right, land an agent and get published. All while raising my daughter alone and fighting just to keep my head over water.
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