Friday, August 01, 2008

The good, the bad, the lost

Ever feel lost, like you cannot, for the life of you, tell between good writing and bad writing?  I am there.  I've been completely swept away by Current Project.  When I'm not writing it, I am thinking about it.  In the shower, in the car, whilst eating, in bed at night.  It's the first thing I think about when I wake up.  I'm an addict to my own invention.

I am so into the story, that I can no longer tell what's crap and what's not.  I know, I should listen to that voice inside my head that says, "Kelly, step away from the story."  But I can't.  The kids are gone.  I must finish.  I'm at page 46.  I took off from rough-writing to rewrite and polish everything up until that point.  And I LUV it all.  

Anywayz, got a half chapter to go and then I'm done.  I'll try to let it sit after that, for a day or two, maybe take the weekend off and come back to it on Monday.  It's gonna be hard, though, cus the beach weekend is off due to my lovely dog, spraining or possibly fracturing his left paw, for which we need to go in for x-rays today.  

3 comments:

S. E. Ward said...

Oh, yeah. That's a familiar tune. I have a murderous time reining it in, too, which is one reason my rough drafts can top 200K words. I say just let it flow, leave the story to rest for a few days, and come back when you're not in story tunnel vision mode anymore. :)

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Gosh, yeah, I know exactly what you mean. :/ I think it may be time for you to step away from it for a little bit. It doesn't have to be long, but just enough for you to be able to be objective again.

It's the reason why I give myself space between drafts. During the first draft, I just let the words spill and am totally in love with the ms. It's not until I've taken a break and come back that I can see the flaws.

Enjoy the weekend!

Kelly Gay said...

Okay, I followed your advice, S.E. and Yolanda. And I'm actually proud of myself -- I didn't look at the manuscript all weekend! 'Course I spent everyday working on the synopsis (couldn't stay away from the story!). But still, I think it'll really help me to dive back in with fresh eyes.