Thursday, April 19, 2012
PERSEVERANCE-The Weapon for Attacking a Writer's Angst
I’m finished! My second book in the Winds of the Williwaw series, “Trouble at Fish Camp,” is finally in the publisher’s hands.
“Trouble …” gave me trouble from the start, almost as much trouble as the Main Character, a major bully, did for the others in the story. After writing an entire first draft, I decided to change the Point of View to another character. I chucked version 1 and started version 2.
I plodded my way through a new beginning and became sick of it fast. Hence my procrastination. My labor of love had become a labor of lackadaisical, lukewarm effort. But there’s lots to be said for determination so I kept going.
As I made new changes, the farther into the book I got, the more my joy of writing it returned. Eventually my excitement in rewriting it returned. I ventured more slowly this time around, punctuating my efforts with a few other writing projects. That helped me gain renewed energy every time I returned to “Trouble ….”
Now I can celebrate a job—albeit long—well done. I thank the Lord for His constant nagging to finish. He knew the story had to be told.