Weekly Recap – January 10th, 2014
My first Weekly Recap of the New Year. I don’t have much to share that I haven’t already, and you guys know the usual tune — work, writing, work, gaming, writing, sleep. I’ll hopefully have some exciting news around the end of this month/beginning of next, but other than that, all is quiet on the Western front.
I’ll be spending my weekend trying to finish the new scene outline for Wolf’s Tail. It’s certainly coming to me a lot easier this time, but I guess that’s bound to happen once one becomes so intertwined in a universe. I will say, I never thought throwing away 40,000 words would get me excited, but I feel like it was a breakthrough. I can now really see what this story was supposed to be. It now has characters I kinda care about, and with a little elbow grease, I’m hoping I’ll really care about.
In times like these, it gives me comfort to read about those that worked tirelessly to create a publishable novel. Many of you have done so, many of you are in similar shoes as me, and many of you are slogging through where I once was. I’m not fit to give any advice to the first two, but for the last, I want to say:
“Keep on keeping on.”
You’ll see noticeable improvements if you just stick with it and don’t give up. I know that you wrestle with so many things when putting a story together and it can become overwhelming. You’re worried about plots, characters, prose, authenticity, dialogue, exposition…enough to make anyone’s head melt from an overheated brain.
So I say to you, what has worked for me:
“Focus on the big picture.”
Don’t worry about the plot holes. Don’t worry about those inconsistent character traits. Hell, don’t worry if your character was Peter in the first half of the book and became Donna in the second. One of the most important things I’ve ever done is finish a novel. It gave me something to work with, it gave me focus, and probably above all, it gave me confidence that I could do it all over again and make it even better.
Don’t waste another day.
Have a great weekend everyone!