Sunday, November 28, 2010

Don't throw the baby away with the bathwater

As you can see, I've got my word-count meter up for my upcoming novel. Don't be overly impressed with the quick rise in word count. Though in the last two days I've written three thousand new words, the rest was cut and paste. It's amazing how much my perception of my MC has changed. When I started this novel six years ago, I had him escalated to super stud. He begged to be taken off the pedestal and given human qualities. Its been fun reacquainting myself with him and the others characters. I'm not quite sure where it's going, but I am overcoming my fear of conflict to some degree. I'm putting him into situations where he might be, dare I say it, embarrassed and unsure of himself.

Quite honestly, I had written this novel off as a great learning experience. I put it through the critiquing process, a humbling experience. I rejected a lot of critiquer's suggestions. I wanted raving reviews instead of constructive criticism. In an attempt to live up to their expectations, I changed the nature of the novel in such a way that it no longer resembled my original idea. So, in frustration, I set it aside and started anew. Now, looking back and re-reading and writing, I understand a little better what they were trying to tell me. I recommend critique groups, especially for beginners, but grow a thick skin and keep in mind, some people's perspectives are a little off.

So that's my two cents for the day. Hope this day brings you blessings and refreshment. The party's over, time to get back to work--crocodile tears, sniff, sniff.
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  1. I took several writing workshops in college and it took a long time for me to realize that not everyone's suggestions are valid and it all comes down to you and what you know is best for your work. My final projects were so liberating once I stopped trying to please everyone else and focused on making the story itself the best it could possibly be.

  2. Yep, liberating is a great description of that particular feeling. It was a necessary evil to endure, however, to come to the point where I feel confident enough in my writing to go it alone. Recently, I submitted a chapter to a group just to see if anything had changed. It hadn't and I had stopped learning from it, so the only praise I'll be looking for is from my story. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Sometimes it's hard to admit that our direction just isn't working. And we still have to stick with our gut instinct.

  4. I know what you mean.

    I recently did a post on remaining true to your vision.

    Have you read ch 1 of Lethal Inheritance there yet?