I’ve been doing a lot of quote reading lately. Every so often I get in these moods, where I go on quote binges. My most liked quotes range from quips about workdays to deep thought provoking one liners. Added to the mix are memes about beauty junkies and tea drinkers. Naturally my obsession for quotes led me to search for phrases related to writing.
Which quotes are my specific favs? I have them saved on Pinterest; there’s far too many to list. Although I will say, Wilde, Plath, Cohelo and Taylor (yes, as in Elizabeth Taylor) make the list several times over.
This isn’t about quotes. This is about what the quotes have helped me to realize.
In my last post I mentioned I am suffering from the Think & Stop. Due to that annoying writer’s frustration, I was struggling to work through the rewrites of my second novel Mercy.
By now you know of my joy for writing and disdain for editing. I can write until my fingers bleed and beg me to stop. Editing, not so much. In order to edit I must take a trip to procrastination station. Since the job must get done, I kick and scream through the process.
Trying to tackle my second novel is proving to be difficult. For starters, I wrote it seven years ago. I’m not in the same headspace I was in seven minutes ago, nonetheless years ago. That’s okay. I’ve accepted those issues and moved on to my second rewrite, which I started a few months back.
Call me naïve. A romanticized writer trying to achieve a fool’s errand, but I thought, I’m older, wiser, more mature in my skills, rewriting this book will be a breeze. I was wrong! There’s nothing breezy about it! Actually I take that back. There is a breeze and it’s happening in my brain.
Beating myself into a helpless hole, I came to a conclusion. I need to let my brain breathe. This decision was stewing for a while, but I was graciously encouraged to follow through with the action and it is welcome relief.
No one likes to admit what they’re working on just isn’t working. That’s the problem. I was trying to salvage pieces of an old story to mix with new ideas and writing practices. Unfortunately, that cannot work. Oddly enough once I realized I need to scrap the most current version of the story and start again I felt my mind exhale. It is one giant cleansing breath after the other and I feel rejuvenated.
I don’t plan on changing the character’s names or main details of the story. I don’t even plan on changing the ending. That will remain the same as it has been since the beginning. What will change is the path of twists and turns to make the plot come alive.
I’m often asked writing advice; I very rarely give it. Only because I believe I’m still learning and am in the same, “what the hell do I know?” boat as the rest of you, my writing population. But writing is a constant learning process, and I was taught a valuable lesson earlier today about sharing advice with colleagues. So here is mine.
Every once and a while when you feel yourself getting angry with yourself, let your brain breathe. Inhale once and let your character’s exhale twice. The second time is strictly for dramatic effect 😉