I’m into the type-in now, and it’s been killing me. Sounded like the easiest part, just type in the changes, right? Wrong! Not when you’re still not sure if your scenes have enough conflict, or if some scenes don’t do anything for the story (yes, I’m still finding those this late in the game) or if you’re questioning everything from characters to plot to descriptions. In short, I’m having second (third?) thoughts.
What’s weird is that I was fine through the 2nd pass, and fine through chapter 3. Then I hit a wall that I can’t seem to get over. I had a filler scene that was, plot-wise, useless, so out it went. Then I started thinking. One part of it was a revelation for the male lead (one teeny tiny part — like, three sentences) so I decided to add a scene where he has this revelation, and ramp up the conflict. Unfortunately, that scene led to some changes, and I’m not sure I want to go that far. And, I’ve rewritten the thing at least 4 times. Just ain’t working.
Since this is my first time doing this, I have no idea if it’s normal. I’m trying to stop my Inner Editor from tearing me to shreds. It hasn’t been easy. I haven’t been feeling very well for the past week and that’s colored my opinions. But I’ve been staying strong, and trying to be positive–that no matter what, I WILL end up with a better story. Granted, it may take more time, possibly, but it WILL happen and I WILL start submitting it. It’s just been a looooong time since I wrote first draft words, and I’m starting to really feel it. And rewriting, for my purposes, doesn’t count. 😦 Sooooo soon I’ll be starting on Survivor again.
So that’s where I’m at. Desperately trying to keep my head above water and sane while I finish this type in. I’m hoping this is it, save for one final edit. But time will tell.
Strength. Gotta have strength. All along, I’ve been saying that believe, with everything in me, that I can make this happen. That I can make my dream come true. That belief has kept me from giving it up, or taking long breaks. It’s what makes me produce so consistantly. I HAVE to do this. Otherwise, I’m just not myself, and I feel it deeply.
Soooooo I’m working on it. Things might get tough, but that’s okay. What doesn’t kill you to write makes you a stronger writer. You heard it here first. 😉