I am in the midst of writing a shiny new novel that I LOVE, and editing a novel that I used to LOVE but now just like a lot. I’m hopeful that by the time I’m done editing it, I will LOVE it again…
Have you ever been there? Falling in and out of love with your stories? The good news is:
“A bad novel is better than an unwritten novel, because a bad novel can be improved; an unwritten novel is defeat without a battle.” – Paul Johnson
Good to know. Because as soon as you type “THE END” it feels great! What an accomplishment! Then you send it out for critique. You’re amazed by all the plot holes, the uneven language and unbelievable characters. You cry. You scream. You want to crawl into a hole and die.
“Be suspicious of literary advice from anyone who consistently leaves you feeling like some subspecies of dung maggot.” – Jane Guill
A week later you realize that more than half of the advice is good. Now you just have to figure out how to apply it…
“Almost anyone can write; only writers know how to rewrite. It is this ability alone that turns the amateur into a professional.” – William C. Knott
Of course, you still have to keep up with daily life: feeding the family, doing the laundry, maybe even a day job. Something has to give…
“Women with clean houses do not have finished books.” – Joy Held
Excellent! That extra ring around the toilet is justified! But then you have all the well meaning friends asking when they can buy your book at Borders. You have, after all, been working at this for more than a year. And they’ve seen your bathroom. You hang your head in shame. Why don’t they understand?
“Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” – Gene Fowler
To all my writing friends, I’m so glad that you’re here and you DO understand.
“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
And now I’m going back to my hole…to write.