Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"No one said it would be easy. They said it'd be worth it."

(Thanks Bailey for the inspiration for the title quote!)

What I'm (still) reading now: The Shining, by Stephen King
Query letter update! Okay, it's really not that exciting. In fact, thinking about it now is upsetting my noodle lunch. Just received feedback on the round 2 version of the letter from my 'How to Get Published' instructor, who commended me for perfect format (yay!), but has advised that I need to shrink my synopsis from 2 1/2 paragraphs to 1. At this point I'd rather be abandoned, soaking wet, in the middle of Antarctica. That thing is going to be the end of me!

Writing this book is the most time-consuming, frustrating, amazing, maddening, confusing thing I've ever done in my life.

It's difficult to explain the almost manic highs and lows of the process. One day I feel ecstatic at discovering a new scene, the next I feel overwhelmed by the pressure to do everything perfectly. Is there enough (or too much) internal thought? Do I describe each setting appropriately? Are my characterizations consistent? And I'm in the "writer's vacuum" right now, because I can't show the work to anyone yet, it's not ready. I feel like I could edit it forever and it would never be ready. How do I know when to stop?

There's also this little problem that right now, my writing style is highly impressionable. I read Stephen King, and suddenly I'm rewriting with some of his tone. Which would be great if the whole novel was written that way, but I've read different books at different stages of the edit and I'm somewhat terrified that the work's going to sound like five different people wrote it. I've lost my voice, I guess you could say. Not really sure what to do about that, except keep writing. And editing. And revising.

My sanity will have to wait.


  1. Try reading a series of books by the same author or stop reading so fast. Maybe those tones will last longer in your voice.

  2. Indeed, I think Ted Dekker's Circle trilogy will come next. It's hard to read slower with such gripping books!



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