Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I'm happy to report that, yes, we have movement on my WIP. Granted, my story is actually just creaking forward along the shoulder of the literature road, choking on the dust of passing authors, but it's movement!
I've brainstormed, tweaked, and figured out new twists and turns to the story and I'm excited again. I've tied up the internal editor and tossed her in the furnace room to keep my possessed hot water heater company, and we're moving!
Deep thought for this WIP Wednesday: sometimes you just have to persevere once the honeymoon of your new story is over.
Keep going when you are no longer in starry-eyed twitterpation with your story (work with me on the pic, all right?) and you begin to notice and get annoyed at the globs of toothpaste on the sink, or the stinky socks flung willy-nilly on the floor, or the dirty dishwater left in the sink. There are multiple times when the blush wears off, where it feels like *work* rather than the glorious outpouring of creativity you envisioned.
You know what? This happens to everyone and with every story. And usually more than once in each story/book. That's why persistence and perseverance is a valuable writing trait. (You can call it whatever you want, but I thought persistence sounded better than bull-headed stubbornness.)
And I'm more bull-headed than this story, that's for sure. The starry-eyed Jaime is gone but the story. Will. Move. On!