My writing has been going very slowly lately, as I obsessively re-write the same chapter. It’s a frustrating situation. In my head, I know exactly what I want my character to say and do, but I have so many things running through my head when I’m writing that I feel absolutely stuck.
- Don’t include unnecessary information
- Use more active verbs
- Don’t use too many pronouns
- Keep up the tension, both internal and external
But finally this pass week, I finished the chapter, and I’m happy with the results. It feels absolutely freeing to be able to move on; however, this whole situation got me thinking. Why did I get so hung up? The first few chapters of this book flew by, and were good, so why did I suddenly start doubting myself so much?
I think I’m the kind of person who always wants to be improving, so when someone gives me X feedback, I never want to make the same mistake again. The difficult thing about writing is that it’s perfectly normal to make the same mistake over and over again, because I’m always writing something for the first time. No matter how good I get, there will always be issues with my first draft. I think the trick is to make sure I fix those problems by the time I get to the second or third draft.
So I am trying to just keep pushing forward with my new chapter, without focusing quite so much on what I should or shouldn’t be doing, and instead focusing on what I am writing.