More Hard Stuff About Writing

I have written a little more than half of a book, and I still haven’t found the rhythm.  I didn’t even realize this was a thing until yesterday, when I was going back through the pages, trying to figure out what was wrong.  It finally dawned on me that the characters are just appearing.  They have no depth.  Which means, for those of you keeping score at home, that I am going to go back to beginning and work through the first half of the book AGAIN to refine the  characterization.  The hope is that I find that rhythm and can sail on into deadline.  Gaaaahhh. (That’s writer speak for “shoot me now”).  Happy Monday everyone!

6 thoughts on “More Hard Stuff About Writing

  1. I used to write for fun, posting to the internet just to share my ideas with my friends and have new friends (screw grammars as long as my readers understand what i’m trying to write about). then, mom told me to write seriously and i ended up can’t produce anything i’m proud of. mom kept pushing me and pushing me, even imagine the money coming from the sales and i’m getting more stressed. nothing i’m satisfied with although the flow is there, the characters is there but still no umph like i used to produce so i’m a bit shocked when a good writer like you have the same problem like i do. hmm… but you can do it (unlike me who has to gaze at the screen for few minutes, give up and starts to watch Japanese dramas just to laugh)… you can do it

      • i recommend japanese drama coz so far the dramas i’m watching talk about friendship, family and most importantly food. right now i’m watching Hotatu no Hikari, about a woman who has 2 different faces – in the office she’s very professional but when at home, she turns into a lazy, beer-drink and rolling on the floor girl. she’s easy to get distracted and her manager (a guy who is actually her landlord son) has turned into her father whenever she doesn’t know what to do… funny expecially when her manager keeps giving her nicknames like snake woman… hehe

  2. I am so comforted to know a writer of your stature has to wrestle her books into presentable form. That even you, with all those titles and successes, sometimes are left scratching your head and wondering if the book can work–half way through the first draft.

    Thus fortified, I will turn my attention back to my own intractable WIP….
    Thanks!

  3. I do okay with who the characters are on the first few drafts- but they do and say absolutely stupid stuff and fall in love with the wrong person.
    I know you’ll get this right. You always do.

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