Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

Why it takes so long.

I am not a multitasker. At All. Thus, my scattered mind and anti-focusing ability. No I do not have ADHD. People with ADHD probably focus better than I do as of late. I think back on the first six months or so of writing my novel, when all my thoughts were a flowing faucet. When my energy was high and my enthusiasm was higher. When I was positive my story was right on course. I wrote my first draft in three months. The full story. A year later, I’ve rewritten that story probably five times.

I wonder about authors like JK Rowling. She took five years to complete The Sorcerer’s Stone. I wonder how she didn’t lose interest after all that time–how she kept her focus. It’s applaudable really.

Here in the 13th month with my WIP, I am the closest I have been to actually finishing–I’m just not sure how close that is. If I could sit and write for hours like I did in the beginning maybe I would already be done. But the constant questions hanging over my shoulder as I write, quash that possibility. They urge me to look deeper, question more–take longer.

I am trying to embrace my style of writing, find it useful in my progression and learn from it. After all, it is the way I write, frustrating one day, over-exuberant the next. At some point I’ll nail down the ins and outs and reel in the over-bearing devil on my shoulder. In the meantime, I’ll try to embrace what he says instead of fighting him all the time. Or…..I’ll just knock him off;)

4 responses

  1. I love that you say you are trying to embrace your style of writing. You already have – every time you sit down and start writing!

    Oh and that little devil on your shoulder, leave him be, he’s just keeping you company.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

    • I figure at this point it’s better to wrap my head around it and make it work for me than to continue to fight it. That little devil though…I’d like to kick him across the room sometimes:) I may send you Chap 1 when I’m feeling brave, just to get the load off of my back and have some feedback. I’m fighting with back story right now. Specifically, how to weave it in.

      May 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

  2. I start cheating at that point and start chucking in chapter breaks and all sorts – don’t worry, it will all slot into place, and once its done you will wonder why you ever thought it would be a mission. Then you’ll start your next piece…

    Send anytime, I am always happy to read.

    May 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    • I have it all in–I’m just questioning the placement currently. I’ll make it work. Thanks for the support:)

      May 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

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