Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Challenge

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. ~George Orwell, "Why I Write," 1947

You know what really gets my juices flowing when it comes to writing? A challenge. Ever since the last rejection for "Stiller Creek", and despite the fact I'd all but decided to shelve it indefinitely, my brain starting mulling over all the comments (and they were many and varied -- I had no idea it was so awful, lol). And, I think I've come up with a couple of changes that would satisfy all the complaints without compromising the things I don't want to change based on the comments. I'm actually kind of excited by the idea. It will entail creating a whole new character and weaving this person quietly through the entire story. It may also entail the deletion of one of my favorite scenes... **sigh**... BUT, it should be a stronger story for all of that.

Yep, I do love me a good challenge.


You Think Creatively

Your brain works best when you let your intuition be your guide.

You like to imagine, speculate, and fantasize. You have fun playing with ideas.

You are interested in theories. You enjoy studying and developing them.

You are drawn toward art, philosophy, and even math. Almost every subject is interesting to you.

Except for the part about philosophy and math, it's pretty close, though I would have called myself a logical thinker. ::shrugs::



Allie Boniface said...

Stories where I have ended up adding a whole new character have turned out to be my best ones...

Elle Scott said...

I agree! And I think that is one of the keys to success. You can't let rejection get you down. You have to make it motivate you to be better. I think my failure to success rate is something like 10 to 1. That one keeps me going, but so does the need to change that 10 to 1 to a 10 to 2 instead.

MomJane said...

I don't know if this fits, but this is what I got. Glad you are doing something with STiller Creek.

Think Objectively

Your brain works best when you are able to think in steps.
You like procedures and routines. You are good at staying focused and on task.

You are excel at developing workable solutions to difficult problems. You simply look at the facts.
You have an excellent memory, and you are a quick thinker. You can sort out what's important from what's not.

Dru said...

Good luck with this new challenge. I bet it will make your story stonger.

re quiz: You Think Objectively

Melissa McClone said...

Good luck with it, Marianne!

Jennifer Shirk said...

You are so right! A challenge really gets the juices flowing for me, too!
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

words that appear so good inspiration for me to learn to write

Tori Lennox said...

I think creatively too. Big shocker. *g*

Brandy said...

I hope the challenge you give yourself goes well.
I think Objectively and it actually fits!

I hope you have a good day!

Ceri Hebert said...

Sounds like what I have to do with Dreamer's Sea. It's going to take a good deal of work. I sometimes think it would be better just to write it from scratch.

Good luck and have fun!

The Writer Resource Pit said...

Like yourself, I love a good challenge. My challenge right now is remaining persistent with my writing despite what circumstances and people say. But everyday, I write and continue to say I will press on.

I wish you the best as you make the changes to your manuscript and whatever you do, don't give up because your big break will come if you stay on your journey.

Tiffany Godfrey

Sarita Leone said...

Good luck with this. I'm sure you'll find a way to make Stiller Creek the best it can be. Sending good writing thoughts your way, and looking forward to reading SC one day soon. :-)