Found this wonderful list browsing the internet. This has some good information and I will make sure to incorporate them in my own writing.
I know I haven’t blogged much about my writing lately. It’s not because I haven’t been writing. Nope. It’s because I am caught in editing hell.
I have a novel that took me two years to complete. Now it seems as if it will take me at least twice that long to edit the thing. Maybe I need some outside motivation to speed things along.
November is National Novel Writing Month. I have never participated but I like the concept. I know it is for creating new work but I figure I can use it to speed up my editing. I have to try something because at my current rate it will be another two years before I finish. I can’t afford to waste that much time.
Anyway, that’s my plan. I hope this works. No one wants to be stuck in hell.
I pulled out my novel to continue making revisions and remembered that I have two different versions. I originally wrote the story in first person. Based on advice from a former editor, I have several chapters written in third person. So, I had to stop and ask myself: What Person Am I?
The majority of the things I write are in first person. Like 99%. I am most comfortable with this point of view. Two of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult and Eric Jerome Dickey, use this point of view. I read everything they write and study their forms.
But I enjoy the third person point of view as well. I just don’t feel like it is my strength. It feels like forcing a right-handed person (me) to only write with their left. Sure you can read it but it’s not as pretty.
Do you have a preference? What’s your favorite point of view? First person or third person?
I’ve been exercising for eight months and I have a consistent routine. If I have to miss a session because of a conflict (work, family, illness, etc.) I obsess over what I am missing.
I wish I could say the same about my writing. I know I should write something daily. I have a novel to edit, several short stories in various stages on completion and this blog. But when I fail to take advantage of writing time, I can easily shrug it off with the promise to write tomorrow. I’ve been waiting on tomorrow for almost a year now.
I’ve been doing some soul-searching (again). Really trying to get to source of my inability to completely pursue a dream I know that I want. I’ve been writing since grade school. I would like to make it my career. All I have to do is put pen to paper, edit, revise and edit some more. I need to send my work out into the world.
What is stopping me you may ask. (Nosy, that.) I keep coming back to one world. Fear. But it’s not fear of failure that is paralyzing. It is fear of success.
As humans, we operate on a set routine. We take comfort in the familiar. Venturing off a planned and previously executed course is uncomfortable. The “unknown” and whatnot. Yet people take that step toward their goals everyday. They push past the discomfort and leap without fear. That’s what I have to do. Exercise some mental toughness and do something different.
My body has gotten stronger due to my work in the gym. Now I have to summon the mental toughness to blast through the fear and write. Today is a good start.