This was some advice offered to me this week reader.
I must say, at the moment, I feel as if there has never been a truer work spoken.
Reader, I find it difficult to admit, but On the River Bank is feeling like hard slog at the moment. My mind is darting about, flitting from one story change to another. I think of changes that would make the story stronger, then I get confused and think I shouldn’t change the plot.
I’ve just completed a month long writing course and come away wondering what on earth I’m doing. The course itself was brilliant, showed me how to get into Deep POV with my characters. To really get inside Maddy’s skin and show the reader (that’s you) how she is feeling. Great, well you’d think so. But now I’m in a dilemma as to whether or not I can do justice to her story.
Now I know reader that this is my first real go at editing, and one part of me ( and Dave says) to just keep going. Write my story, make it as strong as I can and then see how it goes. Complete each stage and then make a decision as to whether or not the plot needs changing.
This sounds good, but will I need to go and change it all over again at a later date.
To give myself a bit of breathing space, I’m going to work on my NaNoWriMo plots and see where I go from here.
Here is a lovely painting by convict artist Joseph Lycett circa 1820 for your enjoyment, while I go and make a coffee and consider my options. It really shouldn’t be this difficult, after all, it’s only a story. I wish I did feel that way, but it’s more than a story to me!