As a writer, it’s really easy to fall into a pit of angst and despair. It’s kinda required – we spend a lot of time beating up on ourselves because there are always ways to improve. We tell ourselves:
- That entire scene made me cringe. The whole time. The whooooole time.
- Why is this character here? Are they necessary? Are any of these characters necessary? What is the meaning of life?
- Oh, look, another crappy line of dialogue.
- Snoooore feeeeest. Need to amp up this action by, like, 100.
It can get tiring. But, like I said, it’s vital that we know our flaws so we can lessen them.
It’s become a sadistic trend that I despise all my rough drafts. They’re terrible. It gets really bad around that Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo times because – let’s face it – fast drafting has never produced anything publish-ready.
I can’t count how many times I’ve finished a manuscript, blinked at it for a while and promptly wanted to flip my desk because it sucked so much.
However, after I’ve spent some time away, when I come back to re-read or revise, I usually realize it’s not so bad. Surely, it’s ugly, but it’s not irredeemable. In fact, practically without fail, I fall in love with my own writing all over again.
I can still see its flaws, but I can also see through them – to how I can fix them.
I’m going through this right now with my 11,000th revision of In Silence and Energy: Book Three in the Soul series. It’s a long way from finished, but I get a little closer each day.
And I fall in love all over again with every step I take.
What are you currently working on? :D