Identity crisis

Okay. This week I didn’t even come close to my ROW80 goal of 1,000 words/day. I probably got 2,000 words over the course of the entire week.

The problem? I am having a writing identity crisis. I finished up Act I of my novel. Exciting, right? But it’s the first draft and I can see just how flawed it is. It doesn’t flow, it doesn’t work the way I envisioned, it is not some spectacular work of art.

It’s silly to hope for perfection the first time around, of course, but this is more than that. I’m doubting my ability to write a novel. No, not doubting: I KNOW I don’t have the ability–yet. I still have a lot to learn about how to write. And that’s okay, so long as I don’t give up.

Completing the first act is the farthest I’ve ever gone in writing a novel. And I’m definitely not going to stop now, no matter how self-conscious and nervous I am about it all. I’m determined to get back on track with my 1,000 words and to not let a temporary identity crisis hold me back from the writing that I love.

Writers: any tips on how to make a plot flow? That’s where I’m stuck. How do you keep the audience’s interest? How do you make one scene intensely exciting, followed by a less exciting–but no less interesting–scene?

I suspect these questions are so fundamental that I’m revealing just how ignorant I am. Like my 3-year-old asking, “What letter does C start with?” reveals that he doesn’t understand the concept of words vs. letters and what it means for a sound to begin a word.

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