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    How do you decide to move on?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by draciaveil, Apr 9, 2009.

    Right now I am so sick of the story that I am writing. I have been working on it for almost two years, and I am halfway through the revision. I've taken a break from it for about a month, and have been working on other things, still keeping this one as my big project. But upon coming back to it, I found I still can't get into it.

    So how do you decide whether it's time to move on to something else? I've put a lot of work into it, and I love the premise. It isn't irreparably flawed or anything like that.

    I think my problem is that I work much too slowly, while my mind goes on to think up new ideas. I am bad to start projects and never finish them. Does anyone out there have any advice on how to stick with it?
     
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    If at the end of the day, you feel it is something that is marketable, then you simply put your nose to the grindstone, so to speak, and just do what it takes to finish the project.

    If your goal is to complete and have works published, you have to eventually finish some of them before starting new ones to have any chance at success. That's what you need to remind yourself.

    It's a long process. You'll have plenty of time to work on other projects while this big one you're talking about is out there, you seeking an agent or publisher for it.

    If other ideas distract you, start a file for each one of them, take notes and jot information down as it comes to you in the files so what you've thought up won't be lost. It'll be there when you're ready for it.

    Good luck.

    Terry
     
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    I would finish it and then, once it's finished, put it aside and start something new. After a few months of working on the new project, go back to this one and see if you still feel the same way. If yes, then send it out for publication. If no, then consider it a practice story; you can never get too much practice! But the most important thing is to finish it so you can tell yourself that you finished a project. That will give you more confidence for future projects.
     
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    Novels are mean like that. You love them when you write them but then when they want to be revised, it's like they want you to hate them. You just have to force yourself to do it, despite how much the process may make you hate yourself and your book. In the end, it's always worth the time and effort and once those efforts pay off, you start to feel less resentful of your novel and more indebted to it. For example, with the novel I have published... it took me six months to get it to where I wanted it, and then another three to get it where my publisher wanted it. I hated those nine months with a passion. But now that it's out on the market and has been for about 5 years now, I feel much better about it and I can actually go back and read it and enjoy it for what it is. I'll never regret having written it, and that to me, is all that really matters (no matter how much the writing process tries to suck out your soul..)

    ~Lynn
     
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    Think of the feeling you'll get when you can close your eyes, smile, and say "I finished it!" Not much is more gr.atifying than that. :)
    If you're having trouble sitting down and revising, try giving yourself some guidlines. "I'll get through all of the SPAG before I go to bed." Setting specific and timed goals should help. But I advise against "I'll do it for thirty more minutes" goal... From experience, one tends to just stare at the words for thirty minutes. ;)

    Another idea might be a reward system. "If I do this to the best of my ability for thirty minutes, I'll treat myself to ____." Associating something unpleasant with something that is tends to work well in retraining the mind, right? :)

    You're so close! Dont give up now!
     
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    i remember reading one of the Dark Tower books, one of the later ones, Song of Susannah, in it there was a passage where they came upon the author in the story, it showed that he didn't want to write the rest of the story even though Roland drove him to it. I think when you feel the need to move on, well, you could have probably stopped the story a few chapters to go if you wanted. Don't make a story a torture to write, stop when you still have the passion to continue if you want, leave something for the next story you have in your mind.

    just how i look at it
     
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    Go find some other idea, pursue it till you get sick of it, and then come back to the current project that'll seem like heaven then.


    Ignore me :)
     

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