Waiting for "The Call"

“Honey, it’s always crap. Every book I write is crap. It’s my job to fix the crap afterwards,” according to Nora Roberts. Well, I've got it half right. Still working on the "fixing it" part. "Trust your characters to be complex enough and to have enough emotional baggage. Force them to make hard choices." Advice from Michelle Styles that might help!

Can I be faithful to one story? November 28, 2008

Filed under: Writing and Life — Autumn Macarthur @ 3:32 pm
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Today I am wondering whether starting a new story is a good or a not so good thing.

It’s like relationships, some people will jump into a new relationship when the initial glitter has faded and the going gets tough in their old one, only to find the same thing happens again in the new relationship. So they doom themselves to that endless cycle of new relationships that inevitably will become disappointing, always thinking its because they haven’t found the “right” person. They never find the deeper love that develops through hanging on through the tough times and working at the relationship, becuse they think its only about the glitter. Anyway, I can’t help thinking maybe I am doing the same thing here, thinking the old story was hard going because the characters weren’t right, rather than accepting that was part of the writing process. What I doin’t want to do is use “thinking about it” as another excuse not to write!

So the plan is- I will start the new story, and see what happens. If I get stuck with that, then my theory is probably right, it’s just part of the process that I will go through with every story. I then have two choices- go back to the old story or keep writing through.

Starting a new story will NOT be an option, ‘cos I don’t want to become a serial starter, forever looking for the perfect story that won’t be hard to write.


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