I'm quite happy to can something I lose interest in, and have ditched books over 100,000 words before. Okay, I'm not happy about it, but sometimes you just get to a point when you realise what you're writing sucks and it would be better to start something else.
In almost every book I get to this point where I come up against this wall, and I have to decide whether or not I can get across. If I get across, the book gets done. If not, it gets canned. That wall is the hardest part for me for sure. Everything else is easy.
For my non-fiction books, the endless research! And then making sense of that research. I'm stuck on one part of my latest books (part 7 out of 7 in a Series), where the available information, on- and off-line, is sparse, and what there is is often contradictory or just does not make sense.
Trying to make that into something that is (a) reasonably complete and (b) a story that people will want to read, is causing me to get really bogged down.
Maybe I should concentrate on another section and come back to this. Otherwise my progress will remain at zero forever.
I think the hardest part was learning to be "ok" with whatever other people said about my work.
I still struggle sometimes, but I've improved. The other parts may be difficult but I feel like I can be taught, trained, try hard, etc.. but learning to deal with real public feedback and not freak out is something that has to come from within it seems.
It really sucks to go from ecstatic because someone tells you they love your work to being told you're the worst human being on earth for daring to put such horrible garbage on sale. It can literally happen within minutes.
No work begun is ever truly finished. After a couple of drafts I upload and don't stress about minor mistakes. If there is a hard part, it's simply starting. I get distracted easily, such as in these forums.
No work begun is ever truly finished. After a couple
of drafts I upload and don't stress about minor
mistakes. If there is a hard part, it's simply
starting. I get distracted easily, such as in these
So very true. When I was getting my print version ready, I kept finding minor things that bothered me. It's like the more I read it, the more harsh I became. I guess that's not necessarily a bad thing, but eventually you do have to stop and say "I'm done."
The choice between keeping a segment you really loved writing and then discarding it because it does not help the plot to flow. As for letting go of a project, I consider it fodder for a new one, or I put it aside to look at later. I never trash anything I think will be useful. I've been working on a project for three years, and I always think it will never be published because I keep tinkering. It's not "War and Peace" but it feels that way. And I can't give up on it because it is the sequel to the previous book and the completist in me says to keep going until it is well and truly finished.
Also, I multitask; working on two or three books at the same time. I have been able to partition my time between working on one or another without losing the flow, so far... it's that internal mechanism of setting a deadline which interferes. Also, findiing a few moments of peace to concentrate on the project itself.
[i]For my non-fiction books, the endless research! And then making sense of that research. I'm stuck on one part of my latest books (part 7 out of 7 in a Series), where the available information, on- and off-line, is sparse, and what there is is often contradictory or just does not make sense[/i].
My issue is with finding contradictory data which is so badly written that I have to rewrite the whole thing from scratch, which takes time, and editing out that which is not at all relevent. I have tried to see it as another writing excercise which will improve on my style, if nothing else.
To me it’s the psychology of reading that is under editing the first draft. That process that you should transform yourself into a reader again so you can see the gaps in the flowing of your book. Psychology because sometimes I tend to be detailed in my descriptions that I don’t let the reader’s brilliant mind to work as they read; e.g. I often describe their feelings, but that should be palpable in their dialogue.
After a dialogue, writers should just put ‘he said’ and the action of the character in that novel time line et cetera.