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.