Beginning . . . Beginning . . . And Beginning Again
I wanted to discuss re-writes, but more than that—starting over. I’ve had my latest work in progress, Charity Can’t Die, finished for almost a year. A year. Yet I can’t seem to get past the first few chapters. I’ve literally edited and re-written those chapters . . . I don’t know how many times. And nothing has been right. Honestly, I’m ready to chuck all 90,000 words. I feel stuck. Trapped. I’m unable to move forward until I’m happy with the beginning of this novel. My mind keeps telling me to push past it. Keep going. It’ll work itself out, but I feel there is a roadblock in my path.
Am I alone in this?
Do I need to seek professional counseling?
I'll tell you I've been very specific on who my characters are. What their purpose is. When certain events are supposed to happen and where.
Everything is laid out. Getting from point A to point B is really kicking my butt though.
One thing I know for certain is that writing takes courage and I'd like to leave you with this quote from one of my favorite poets.
Listening to her read her poetry always brings tears to my eyes. She writes with passion and reads with the power of conviction that her words mean something.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
***Thanks for being my guest today RaShelle. I totally get what you're saying here and you are NOT alone. I lost count of how many times I've rewritten the first chapter of my novel, Blood Bound, and I'm still not happy with it. And because I'm getting nothing but rejections, I know it's still not quite right. Love the quote, too. And, hey . . . I'm an Army brat and moved all over the place growing up. We have a lot in common, eh?
My guest next week will be Michael Young.