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I joined a fantasy nanowrimo group in November, in one of my many many failed attempts to be more social instead of just sticking to my familiar circle. One of the most frequent laments I saw was ‘my work sucks and everything is awful and I just want to quit’.
And this is a common topic in writing, people way more talented than me have written on it. But maybe the repetition is necessary, because it seems to be one of the hardest concepts for writers, especially new writers, to grasp: you can fix it later.
The most important part of writing a story is to finish the story. If you think too hard about it, fret and fuss and reread and fix and tweak, then all you’re going to do is kill that poor story before you ever give it a chance to live. Fairly often, at least for me, it’s easier to see the whole picture once the rough is done. I’ve written entire stories only to scrap them completely and start over. I’ve deleted half a story and added back in that half and then half again. Even now on my plate I have a story that needs a major element changed, which will mean rewriting huge chunks throughout the whole story. I’ve got a story in beta that will probably necessitate heavy rewrites b/c it’s going to someone who is expert on a certain subject and I wrote that story with barely any knowledge. And when it goes to my editor it’ll still need work. Another story I just finished (my nano story) has a long list of edits that it will get before it even goes to beta. It’s at 95k right now, I expect it’ll be somewhere closer to 115k by the time it’s ready for publication.
But I wouldn’t have all those stories to fix if I hadn’t first finished them. I didn’t know what they needed, or how to fix the problems, until they were done and I could clearly see from A to B.
Declaring your story sucks and quitting before you’ve really begun gets you nowhere. It’s a hard habit to break, but focus on putting words on the page, chipping away at the story a word, a page, a chapter at a time. Repeat over and over to yourself that it’s not set in stone, you can change or fix something at any point. Art always begins with rough lines, and you won’t get anywhere if you treat those rough lines as the final product. It’s not. Put down the rough then get to work on the rest.
Title: The Werewolf of Grey Lake Inn
Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: 12/23/2015
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Astor is tired—tired of his family and the way they never listen to his advice, and tired of being in love with his agent, Tennyson, who after a one night stand made it clear he preferred to keep things professional. The only thing Astor’s not tired of is his job researching haunted inns and hotels to prove just how haunted they’re not.
His latest book is about a notorious inn in the middle of nowhere, and a haunting he suspects has more to do with real werewolves than fake ghosts. It will provide fodder for an excellent non-fiction book, the novel he’s secretly writing, and be so distracting he’ll finally be able to get over Tennyson.
Except when he arrives it’s to find that Tennyson is already there, with every intention of keeping Astor company through the holidays.
About Megan Derr
Megan is a long time resident of LGBTQ fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies. She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all over the internet.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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