Recently I have had some breakthroughs on the novel. I came up with an ending, lots of themes, and some good stuff in the middle. I’ve probably already mentioned this before. What lies ahead of me now is filling in the gaps, but not overwriting the sucker. That part is difficult. There are so many things I want to include in this story, and so many reasons to not include them I think my problem right now is thinking from a marketing viewpoint. Nobody is going to want to read X, the pacing is too slow, who cares.
I think what I have to do now is to just tell the story and chisel away all the flash like it’s a big chunk of marble, to uncover the image underneath.
It just feels never-ending sometimes. And I have a nasty habit of having an end in sight and going off on a lot of little side quests for my characters. They all add up to the same thing, but are they necessary? Who is to say they are or aren’t. I guess if I enjoy writing them, that is one thing. If the reader enjoys reading them, and there are many who probably would, that is another. But the problem is getting an editor to actual care about the story enough to give it a chance.
We are still dealing with gatekeepers in this world. Especially in publishing.
So, today, I plan on writing my guts out, even though a big piece of me wishes it would only take a day and everything would be finished. It will take several days like this. And then come the edits. And the rewrites. And with that comes the doubt in my abilities or the blocks that I get from thinking a better writer could have told it way better and in fewer words, not as many cliches, and their work will sell and make them a fortune, while mine will probably collapse under its own weight.
I guess what I’m trying to get myself fired up to do is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other and push forward, because the story cannot write itself. That is why it has asked me to write it. I believe the stories pick us to tell them. Just as the heart of a block of marble chooses its sculptor. I don’t know if that is zen or not, but it’s what I’m going with today.
If I ignore the story, it will bang pots and pans in the house as I try to nap and it will not allow itself to be ignored. It will drive me crazy if that’s what it takes.
So, today I will heed the will of the story and try to write as much as I can.
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