Originally Posted by MommyHawk
I'm so excited to see so much progress with everyone's writing!!!
I've been MIA due to hormonal crap - just don't feel social, kwim? But thankfully that is over for the time being and I'm back to writing...and ruining my book!!! I have reworked chapter one so much that it went from 21 pages to 13...and I was starting to get suicidal thinking I just don't have what it takes, that I suck (the usual writer's mentality) until I remembered what AllGirls said...that sometimes critique groups are not good...that they have too many rules and maybe I'm trying to make them happy instead of making a good novel...
soooo....as I might still participate, I'm holding off on chopping things to bits until I weed through the comments and figure out what will work for me, my book, and then the rest can be composted
I'm looking forward to October being MUCH better for writing and hopefully I'll be done with this one soon so I can do NaNoMo next year!!!
Glad you're back at it! Critique groups not good or bad, just not for everyone..one, good, trustworthy editor is priceless though.
First five chapters are the most difficult for me. I think I Have a good handle on the first one.
The thing is, while there are ways to hone and perfect your craft, only you can write the way you write. There is a place for critique groups I'm sure. But if you're getting pulled in all different directions it's likely not the right way for you to go.
I just read a steven Heighton novel. It's brilliant. I couldn't write it, he's really super duper way up in the clouds beyond me..but also, I don't know that I would want to write it. It was a good story but not particularly something I would choose to read for myself, not my type of stuff. I write what I like to read.
I love Steven King. Nobody writes like Steven King. Even from the beginning when editors were insisting that he was doing this or that wrong he held out for the way he liked to do them. He was right.
Sometimes you have to trust your own intuition/instinct.
My novel may be crap, it may be drivel..but one thing is for sure, it's gonna be my crap and drivel
BUT I am learning as I go along. There is a LOT of room for improvement with what I'm writing, but I'm enjoying it and it's something I would like to read. That's the best I can hope for.
Trust yourself, trust your instinct, trust your talent.
I think writing courses/lessons would be much more helpful than critique groups for me so that's what I'm opting for. It's more about guidance and technique than criticism and it works for me.
Also, read a lot, as a writer. Study the book and the paragraph structure and how things are presented..that's helped me a lot too.Jenny Claire
I second the printing it out and hacking it with a pen. It works to give a different perspective, guess you use a whole other set of brain cells to do it that way.