Thinking Positive, Writing Positive19:00
To tell the truth, I’ve been in a writing slump this week. Plot issues stalled the edits, I had to go back and rewrite large portions of what I had already done, which was demoralising, and I haven’t got back to where I was before so I can move on with the story, which is frustrating. All in all, it’s very easy to feel down about my book at the moment. At times, I’m very tempted to chuck it in the bin, and give up on this whole editing thing.
The book is being difficult right now, but, in a slightly more positive point of view, the fact that I know I have to rewrite things means that I’m making progress. I can obviously see what’s working and what’s not, and that’s a good thing. From what I can figure, the way that I see it, there are two ways I can look at this at the moment. I can either sit in a puddle and weep about the unfairness of life (a highly attractive option at this point), or look at it as a good thing for my book and push on with the edits.
At the moment, I’m trying to go with option two. Objectively, I know that the fact that I’ve identified the problem with my book and am working to fix it is a good thing. Inside though, I really, REALLY don’t want to rewrite this all again. But that’s the way with writing really, isn’t it? Sometimes things get tough and you just have to push through it and keep going. That’s what being a writer is about sometimes. Not that I want to hear that right at the moment. Chocolate, books, and hiding from edits sound so much nicer right now…
So that’s what I’m trying to do at the moment. My end of February deadline has come and gone, but I’m still determined to get this thing finished. I’m trying to think positively about things at the moment. Because after all, these changes have to happen anyway, so may as well be positive about it, right? Besides, the more positively I can think, the easier the writing is. So, onwards and upwards! Time to get this thing finished before Camp NaNoWriMo.
Speaking of CampNaNo, sign-ups for April Camp have opened. Time to start prepping the novels, gathering the inspiration, and setting sail on the Camp train (boat? canoe?) for the first session of the year. Anyone else planning on doing Camp in April?