Writing is hard. I’m in the middle of writing book two and it hasn’t progressed as far as I would hope. But I suppose it’s to be expected. Interest wanes for me, especially this time of year when I have the holidays to distract me. Every weekend is pretty much something festive to do with the family. Whether its decorating, baking cookies, putting up the Christmas tree–it’s pretty much all the things I want to do that take priority over writing.
That’s not to say I don’t try. I certainly do, I just don’t get much done. Maybe a few pages here and there. And my attention is a bit divided so that when I reread the copy I don’t remember it all. That ever happen to you? You reread something and you have no recollection of writing it in the first place? That’s where I am right now. I re-read a chapter and thought: “Damn, who wrote this? They sure are good!”
Okay, that only happens sometimes. And when it does happen I spend a lot of time laughing at myself. Because I’m just a jolly person. And that’s what this time of year is about, right?
I’ve been going through the proof-read copy of my novel. It’s been awhile since I have read it that the whole thing seems new. Well, newish. Which brings me to a new topic when it comes to writing: resting.
There are some writers out there that are so quick with their writing–so full of ideas, that they develop their stories with immediacy, and then release them just as quickly out to the public. I am not one of those writers. It takes me forever to finish my stories, and then once I do, they sit for a little while.
There are many benefits to letting your story rest. The most significant is it gives you time to put distance between you and your work so that you may look upon it with fresh eyes. It’s only when we’ve put that distance that we can recognize what needs work and what doesn’t.
Personally, it helps me pick out the aspects of my prose that doesn’t match the tone I’m shooting for. It also helps with dialogue and plot, because many times, something that made perfect sense while I was writing could actually be quite confusing when I re-read it after I’ve rested my story for awhile.
So what do you guys think? Are you fans of resting your stories as well?
I’m not sure if anyone is reading this, but if you are, let me give you some info on who I am.
I’m a writer–I’ve completed my first adult contemporary fantasy novel that I plan to self publish in the spring of next year. I’m hoping this website will help drum up some buzz and grow my readership by the time it’s published.
I’m actually happy to say that the novel has been edited and is in the process of being proof-read. After that, it’s on to finalizing the title and book cover design–which I hope to get some audience participation with narrowing down the options.
You will be hearing a lot about my book. I’m pretty proud of it! It features a Latinx character. Growing up, I always wished I had gay super heroes to read about, so I went ahead and created my own. At the moment, you can take a look at the blurb for Book 1 by clicking on the My Books link.
Other than my ambition to get my novel out into the mass public, this blog will also focus on my other interests. You can expect some random topics focusing on sports and my opinions on TV shows and books. You might even get introduced to a friend or two along the way. I hope you follow me to see what sort of nonsense I get up to.
And… I think that’s pretty much everything. I hope you enjoy.
You have to let people see what you wrote. It will never be perfect, but perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring. — Tina Fey