It’s the first Wednesday, so time for the IWSG monthly post where writers can share or commiserate with their peers about the creative process.
Wouldn’t it be great if I could use the words I add here today to update you on my progress as it relates to moving one of my writing projects closer to the goal, i.e. getting published. Whenever anyone prefaces their comment in such a way it pretty much sucks the air out of the room on the suspense front. No, I have no good news.
In fact, rather than writing more I am writing less now than I have in quite a while. Mainly I think it is just being uninspired or maybe trodden down by the process. All of us here know writing a novel is no small feat. First of all crafting a story long enough and worth its salt takes some effort, skill and ultimately a measure of talent. But even that may not all be enough. Is it interesting enough to capture and maintain a reader’s attention for 300 or 400 pages?
I have shared this before, likely more than once, but every time I go into a big box bookstore I find myself overcome with envy. Especially when I see multiple titles with the same author’s name on them. To imagine that kind of success, to have multiple completed, published works on a resume is just mind-blowing. Sure, I think it is possible, but right now I just do not see the “yellow brick road” for all of the Wicked Witch’s blue smoke.
I felt confident that if I created some signature characters they could lead a flagship through the process. I am not totally unconvinced they won’t but this is a daunting pursuit. I think I need to seek guidance from someone who has survived the gauntlet.
What is your experience? How many times did you consider throwing the towel?