Sunday, 1 September 2013

The smooth with the rough

You may have noticed my blog updates aren't as frequent as they used to be. Well, hopefully someone has. Part of the reason for that is simply a lack of time. Writing time can be spent online doing a load of self-promo or blogging (which, let's be honest, is also a form of self-promo) or writing. Lately, I've been focusing on writing more than anything else. I'm about 50K into the second draft of my current book. It'll be done by around 90K, I think. That's the second draft done, not the finished book. This one has not been as easy write at all for a number of reasons. The main one is because I didn't know the story while writing the first draft, so I was telling myself it more than a potential reader. As I've said before, first drafts are always shit, but there are degrees of shit. This first draft stank, and draft two is only marginally better. It's not the end of the world, though. I can fix its problems in a third and final draft. Even so, it's occasionally disheartening to wade through a few thousand words of story and still not really know what the hell is going on or who these characters are. It's even more disheartening to have that little voice inside telling you that, actually, you've cocked up with this one and the whole book is a flawed idea from the ground up, that you'd be better off ditching it and starting something new. Put that little voice with book/story submissions and leads that end up going nowhere and writing can turn into a grind that slows right the fuck down to the point you think you're just chucking words at the screen and hoping some of them will stick.

So, what's my choice? Ditch this book? Decide all the current subs I have out are going to get flushed like a big turd? Or shut the fuck up and write? I'm a writer, right? I best get writing.

Oh, the smooth I mentioned in the title above? It's this way: a review for Mirror of the Nameless which is published in a couple of weeks. And it's a damn good review.  It's the smooth with the rough.


  1. This is what I'm fighting with myself right now. It's good to know I'm not alone. I decided to put that book away while it marinated in its own juices and start a new one.

    1. Putting a book aside for a time can be a good thing as long as you make sure you go back to it and finish. Good luck with it and the new one.