“Whenever I find myself at a loss for word, I often look inward. I spend time with the memories of past characters, past plot lines, and ideas that never made it to the page. It usually sparks something new, something I can be proud of as I write. Something that will give me the contentment that makes writing every day necessary. It’s always a project in the works, even when it may seem finished. Every page is an accomplishment and every word is important. Your vision and your reader’s vision may not always reach the same lengths, but still you give them something to resonate with. You leave them wanting more.”
I’m now well into writing my novel, working hard to establish two very distinct characters. Though, I’ve managed to have fun with it by exploring their personalities as if I were writing two completely different stories. Any time I’d fall off the creative wagon, I’d look to the things that would inspire me. Usually, I spend quite a lot of time with my nose in a book. I’m currently reading: “The Red Queen” by: Victoria Aveyard. (Which I will make a post about at a later date) and it made me realize just how small I’ve kept my spectrum.
Have you ever had those moments where you’ve remembered loving something so much, but you’ve fallen out of touch with it? That’s how I feel when I’ve spent time away from a genre I used to frequent. Lately, all I’ve been writing have been mystery/thrillers, and while that is fine, I’ve forgotten just how much I missed a good fantasy piece. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has been in the middle of writing a book and just then had an idea for what you believe to be a “better book” and you get the urge to scrap it all and start over. DON’T. FINISH IT. I’ve been feeling like that a lot lately, especially when it comes to the consistency of my work, and even my blog sometimes. I feel like things can get a little repetitive, but with that being said, I am documenting my journey as I go along and I can’t expect things to be too different all of the time
As I’ve gotten to the nitty gritty of my plot, I’ve felt that the novel may start to lose its suspense factor in some chapters. (I’m not a big fan of a rollercoaster ride in every single chapter, and yet I strive so hard to make it seem that way in my book). I feel, sometimes, that the laid back chapters aren’t as interesting, but they are. I’ve begun to think of it as my novel’s foundation, the backbone with underlying messages about my characters that the readers may or may not pick up on as they go along. Writing is one of those things that need to stay consistent and I’ve been striving to do just that. I’m also trying to allow myself to take in other content, without feeling like I need to get up and do better. Allow yourself to enjoy the work of others and do not feel like that makes your work subpar. If there’s one thing I’ve learned thus far, it’s that someone may always seem better at something, but that doesn’t mean that they are. Every writer has a distinct voice, a distinct story they want to tell. Every writer decides to tell that story differently, and that is something to be celebrated.