Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Writerly Woes

For the past few months I have been writing away like crazy, really making the most of this wonderful opportunity I have to be a full-time writer. I finished my first ever manuscript (yay!). But as we all know, the writing process definitely doesn't end there. I am now in the review stage and am getting extremely frustrated.

My story is based around the mythology of my ancestors, which has been a real passion of mine for the past ten years. I know the story I wrote is a good one. It is unique, but the characters are based upon the mythology. My problem, now that I am reviewing, is that, whilst MY characters would act the way they do in my story, the characters in the myth wouldn't. It is frustrating me no end, and I nearly tore up my manuscript. And so I took to Twitter in order to seek succor from my fellow writers. And this is the wonderful advice I was given:

1. Put the manuscript in a box for a couple of weeks and then come back to it. via @MalcolmGarcia
2. Try writing some shorter works of fiction to take your mind off it.
3. NEVER shread/tear up/delete a manuscript.

Thank you to everyone for you kind words of encouragement. We all have our grim days, and it's nice to know there are people out there who have your back. I still can't come to terms with the disparagement between the myth and my story, so I am working on an entirely new story to clear my mind of the myth. Hopefully by the time I come back to it I will be able to start afresh.