Sunday, May 16, 2010

...but how do I know...

Friend and novelist Christi Craig came to a tough decision recently. She wrote about it beautifully and I believe it's an important process to share. Here is the beginning, with a link at the bottom to read it in its entirety.

Putting a Story to Rest for a While
May 16, 2010

Recently, I wrote a post on the roller coaster ride of novel writing — about the highs from the little successes and the lows of constant uncertainty.

I battled my self doubts about the novel I’m trying to write (a story about a woman named Millie) by focusing on better character development, reassessing plot points, and scratching out a new outline for chapter one. Still, each writing session ended with a persistent twist in my gut, an uncomfortable feeling that suggested, No. This is not the story you should be writing. Not today.

I ignored my gut, thinking “today” meant not this particular 24 hour period. Really, I was afraid I’d mark myself as a quitter if I put this manuscript down.


Click HERE to read the rest of her post.

Thank you, Christi, for sharing this journey. I look forward to updates on the novel that is tugging at you.