October 26, 2011
Okay. This week I didnâ€™t even come close to myÂ ROW80Â 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 itâ€™s the first draft and I can see just how flawed it is. It doesnâ€™t flow, it doesnâ€™t work the way I envisioned, it is not some spectacular work of art.
Itâ€™s silly to hope for perfection the first time around, of course, but this is more than that. Iâ€™m doubting my ability to write a novel. No, not doubting: I KNOW I donâ€™t have the abilityâ€“yet. I still have a lot to learn about how to write. And thatâ€™s okay, so long as I donâ€™t give up.
Completing the first act is the farthest Iâ€™ve ever gone in writing a novel. And Iâ€™m definitely not going to stop now, no matter how self-conscious and nervous I am about it all. Iâ€™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? Thatâ€™s where Iâ€™m stuck. How do you keep the audienceâ€™s interest? How do you make one scene intensely exciting, followed by a less excitingâ€“but no less interestingâ€“scene?
I suspect these questions are so fundamental that Iâ€™m revealing just how ignorant I am. Like my 3-year-old asking, â€œWhat letter does C start with?â€ reveals that he doesnâ€™t understand the concept of words vs. letters and what it means for a sound to begin a word.