I’m currently working on my third book. My first book, Her Name, was released last year. My second book, Loving Again, will be out this November.
I have a tentative title for my new book. The beginning of the story is set and the last scene has already been written. What I don’t have is a middle. I don’t yet know the words that will fill the pages from 27-103. The bones of my story lack any meat.
Knowing how the story ends should make the book that much easier to write because the path couldn’t get anymore clearer. I am writing towards something. The signs are all pointing specifically to one place with precise directions– turn left, then right, then left again. But instead of driving straight to my destination, I’m making unnecessary U-turns.
Writing is hard, but it doesn’t have to be this hard and I know that.
I also know the first draft is only for me. I’m supposed to get the words out first and edit later. I’m not supposed to go back and rewrite scenes.
Move forward. Keep going. Don’t stop writing.
If something is unclear about the plot or character development is weak, make a note and highlight it. I can get back to it later, but whatever I do I’m not supposed to stop writing.
Yet, I’ve been staring at blank pages for months now, lucky to get a couple dozen scenes written that most likely will be long gone once the final draft is completed.
Where I had planned a first draft to be finished by Aug 1 (not gonna happen), I am now clinging to the hope that it will be completed by the time Loving Again is released.
I have numerous works-in-progress, unfinished stories, sitting in a desk drawer beside me. I don’t remember the specific reasons that made me stop writing each of those stories, but I assume self-doubt took over me, as it is trying to do now. I do recall many moments of poring over a story and questioning whether I had anything left in me to write. I still have those thoughts and I’ve only completed two books, and they were novellas.
My writing journey has only begun and already I’m hanging myself over the cliff, pressuring myself with the stressful worries of “Will I make it?”
My passion is writing. It’s always been writing. I know I will never stop, just as I know I will complete my third book and absolutely fall in love with it, and then wonder what all the fuss was about.
What I’m experiencing now is a tiny detour, and as frustrated as I may feel, I know this diversion will make me more appreciative of the moment I finally reach my destination, filled with sweet gratification.
All I have to do is Never…Stop…Writing.
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4 thoughts on “Never…Stop…Writing”
I’m at the same place you’re at, Alicia! If only we could wave a magic wand and get rid of self-doubt. 🙂
Just remember, Carol. Never stop writing! Lol. It’s in you. Trust me. 🙂
I’ve been following this advice the last week and I’m finally getting somewhere with my first draft. I’ve managed 9000 words in the last week and over the last two days when I’ve been really stuck I’ve just keep repeating ‘Just write, just write, who cares if it’s horse tripe, just get it down!’
It’s good to hear it from someone who’s managed to get something published.
Thanks for reading and responding carolforrester! I’m glad you’re getting somewher with your writing. I hope you keep up with it and never stop! And really, published authors-nonpublished authors, we’re all writers and I think we go through the same thing. 🙂