Why is it that when you’re in full creative flow, what you’re writing seems so good, but when you look at it later, it seems so bad? Or is it just me?
I’ve been working on my science fiction novel(s) – Flight of the Kestrel – for years and years, with varying amounts of application, and I don’t know if any of it will ever be published. I write for my own enjoyment, but it would be nice to know if it’s good enough to show the public. I’ve thought it was nearly finished more than once, but when I leave it for a while and come back to it, I find huge plot holes and inconsistencies.
I recently found the Advanced Fiction Writing website of Randy Ingermanson, and his article on How to Write a Novel: The Snowflake Method. It’s a method of designing a novel that you can use right from the start or later to analyse a work in progress. It appealed to me, so I used it, and it has given some much-needed shape to my work and shown me a lot of weaknesses. I should be grateful I know, but it’s hard to realise that your precious creation is so flawed.
So I’m now wavering between excitement at the new possibilities and discouragement at the amount of work still to do. Leave me a comment and cheer me up.