Writing Wednesday: Work in Progress or Rubbish?

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.


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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