by Canda Mortensen
This past week I've gone back to a project that I haven't work on for months (Okay, it's more months that there are in a year, but let's move on.) because I had a glimpse of some things that need to change to strengthen the conflict and improve the structure.
Of course not, thus procrastination!
When we (Deanna and I write together) first wrote the novel, it was fun and exciting to work on. Chick Lit is a favorite genre for both of us. We were excited when trouble swamped the main character, or when something snarky just worked in the dialogue, or when minor characters nudged their way into our hearts. Every scene was a new discovery. Magical.
That fun even held through a few rewrites. Now the fun is dead, cremated, drifting in the wind somewhere over the Arctic. All that is left is work, work, work.
I made it through nine chapters last week and there are definite improvements, but that's only 1/3 of the book and, if I'm being honest, there's a little dread about continuing with the edits. I started rationalizing: maybe it's okay the way it is, who would notice these small changes, (and the big one) it's not going to be published anyway.
But I read these thoughts by another author:
Maybe your muse hangs around for the whole project--mine doesn't. She hates work! She runs off to find someone to party with when the writing choices get hard. But I want to learn this writing thing so I keep writing and changing and fixing. This week's thought: Keep writing--make it magical!