I’ve been working on revising and rewriting my New Voices entry, as I’ve mentioned here and there this week. And if you follow me on twitter, well I have mentioned it any more. Usually, I feel a little guilty when I give up one project for another, but I have been having such a great time writing it, I don’t feel guilty at all.
I am going to try to focus on writing stories that make me feel that way. Excited, happy. The writing process still isn’t always easy, but I don’t want to slog through hating it every moment like I was doing with my former WIP. Even though I liked my characters, the story wasn’t working for me, and my writing was just… bad, because I was trying to get through it, not enjoying it.
When I was writing my medical fast-track submission, I had the same feeling as now. Definitely like the story was smooth even when the writing wasn’t. Still a struggle, but no underlying sense of … this is really, really not good (which is kind of how I’ve been feeling lately). And, even though I had to revamp the plot a lot to resubmit it, the writing was there… if that makes sense.
So, I think from now on I give my permission to leave a story that doesn’t give me that feeling. We’ll see how that works out anyway.
2 thoughts on “When It’s Going Good”
It makes perfect sense to me. Strong, positive feelings about your story will come through in your writing, and that can only be a good thing. I feel the same way. In fact, I’ve always wondered how writers of horror stories or thrillers do it. Don’t they walk away from their desk feeling edgy and unsettled? I couldn’t do that, but to each his own.
Good point, Rula. I never really thought about horror writers feeling that way, but I do imagine it would leave you feeling on edge. I know I could never write horror because I am way too easily creeped out and I certainly would rather walk away from my writing feeling happy and excited.