Wednesday, May 24, 2006

When is it Time?

Hard writing makes easy reading. ~ Wallace Stegner

When is it time to set a manuscript aside and leave it? Maybe not forever, but for a really, really long time?

What I have crossed out I didn't like. What I haven't crossed out I'm dissatisfied with. - Cecil B. DeMille

Working through Camilla has me stymied. Nothing works the way I hope it will. I add something, work it in, and it's addition seems to subtract something else equally important.

Spending a lifetime writing novels is hard enough to justify in any case, but spending a lifetime writing novels nobody wants is much harder. - John Gardner

I had a neighbor ask me if I was still writing because I hadn't shared anything with her in a really long time. I told her that my novel (actually I think my exact words were: "My bad, bad, stupid, bad novel...") was giving me fits and I had nothing to share.

She asked if I still enjoyed it. And I said I did. That I loved it.

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. ~James Michener

I don't, however, love Camilla anymore. At all. In any way.

So, it must be time to put her away until I can fall in love with her again. Otherwise, I imagine, she will turn out cardboard and stiff.

So, Camilla goes into the drawer for a bit until I can stand facing her again. I can't hang around with someone I hate.


Ceri said...

"If you love something set it free. If it comes back to you it's yours to keep, if it doesn't it never was." Or something like that.

Well, thats what I do. If I'm getting no where with my wip I have to put it away and try something fresh. If you love it then you'll get new ideas for it. But if you keep picking away at it and aren't getting anywhere then its time to walk away. The only time I can't do that is with editing. I have a story (the one with the Samhain editor) that I was sooooooo tired of looking at when I was editing, but I had to do it. An unfinished manuscript? I'd just file it.

But thats just me. Why else would it take me over 20 years to complete a manuscript?? LOL

dkohium-brand new on the Periodic Table of Elements

Tori Lennox said...

Oh, I know the feeling, all too well. Wish I had an answer for you. I guess it's not surprising I hop around a lot. :)