Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Aspiring to Not Throw in the Towel
I've been working and reworking my novel-in-progress for the better part of the last seven years. Yes, you read it correctly: SEVEN years. I know...many authors--famous ones at that--have worked longer and harder on more significant pieces of literature. But I'm wondering...should I continue?
I'm now rewriting the entire novel because I'm at a different place than I was when I first set out to write the thing. I've unearthed more interesting plot lines and characters. I no longer want to say what I wanted to say seven years ago. Is this normal? I wonder if the authors who've gone before me faced the same issues--that they weren't the same people they were when they began the adventure of writing their novel?
Advice I've read and heard from others keeps playing over and over in my mind. Like, "the only difference between a published author and an unpublished one is perseverance." I wonder, is that the case with me? Am I just losing steam, or have I really lost interest in the topic(s) of my novel? I don't think I agree with the latter. I think I still like my characters, I'm still interested in the story line, so it must be the former. I'm just losing steam. And I write and say this after I've gotten a lot of writing done in the past few weeks. It's first-draft, rough babble, but at least it's down on paper and I have a mound of clay with which to work. Still, the process of rewriting a novel is daunting.
In my Internet search for some sign of whether or not I should continue, I found this:
And I found a great web site for writers called The Review Review. It's edited/owned by Becky Tuch and you can find it here: www.thereviewreview.net.
This site has many articles related to writing, the writing life, magazines where one can submit, etc. The editor, Becky Tuch, penned an article about just what I've been feeling lately--about how many writers get to the point where they just want to quit because they've faced so much rejection, or because they feel their well has run dry, whatever. I'm hoping you can follow this link and read the article here: http://www.thereviewreview.net/publishing-tips/quitting-writing-i-cant-go-ill-go#.
I've recently shared my story outline with my eldest daughter, who is an avid reader who is sixteen years old. She likes it. She's jazzed to read it, so because of her excitement and my recent discovery of cyberspace commiseration, I'm going to soldier on. It gives me some hope, something to go on, something that tells me to keep plugging away. At least I know I'm not alone. I'm actually in good company.