Friday, April 15, 2011

(Over)thinking Things Through

A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. ~Charles Peguy

It's amazing how one comment can derail your writing. I've had it happen dozens of times, with dozens of stories, and it's occasionally a small thing that I then fixate on and can't get past.

I used to belong to a crit group where I was the only romance author -- the rest were either literary authors or mystery authors (without romantic elements). Two of the group were men.

While I credit a great deal of my growth as an author to them, and truly miss being part of the group, it also messed with my mind on a regular basis. Genre fiction is completely different than literary fiction, so frequently the crits, at least when they pertained to plot, weren't really applicable. Still, I'd grab hold of something they said and gnaw on it like a starving dog with a bone.

Overthink much?

It's happening again with a couple of my stories that have gone out for crits. And, while thinking through things isn't a bad thing necessarily, it can be if it keeps you from moving forward.

So, after gnawing on a couple of things lately, I think I'm going to have to go with my gut. Move forward and hope that my gut is right. But it's going to be something I worry about from here on out ... and heaven help me if (assuming it's published) a reviewer nit-picks any of those things I've spent the last few days agonizing about and second-guessing.


In any case, I'm waiting on one more set of crits for "Now and Forever" so I can finish up my edits and move one step closer to submission. After that will come the Dreaded Synopsis.


In other news, I think I'm planting my chard and spinach seeds this weekend... spinach in the pots and chard in my front flower garden. I think I have most of my perennials popped up enough that I know where things are now, so it should be safe.

Yay spring!

And, check out a few of the earrings I'll be putting up on DistinctivelyDD today -- DD's into dangles lately:


You Are Dramatic

Witty and talkative, you entertain with your stories and gossip. You know how to delight a crowd.

No matter what, you're the life of the party or conversation. And you like to be talked about.

You enjoy the honeymoon phase of friendships and relationships, but after that it's hard for you to stick around.

Life is too short to be bored! When you get in a rut, you immediately shake things up.

Uh.. no. That's so not me. I just like chocolate...



Diane Craver said...

You were brave to be in a group with only mystery and literary writers. I hope you can relax soon and receive your critiques back and move on. Following your gut sounds good to me!

I love the earrings, especially the green ones!

Dru said...

It's your story so you definitely should go with your guts.

Have a good day.

Angelina Rain said...

*Arms stretched out and reaching for dangly earrings* I feel like a kid in a candy store. I love dangles. The longer the better!

I understand completely how a few negative remarks can stall your writing and mess with your mind. Hopefully your last crit will be good and you’ll be able to edit it with ease.

Liz Fichera said...

Crit partners. The good ones are hard to find. It would be difficult to be in a group where no one understood your genre. Not impossible, but difficult.

Charity Tahmaseb said...

One of the things I try to do in this situation is "use the objection."

Is there some way to use what's been pointed out within the story to strengthen the point? A character can even come right out and ask another character the same question the person providing the critique did.

This is one of my favorite things to do--and when it works, it works really well.

Brandy said...

Being the only romance writer must have been hard!I hope your critique goes well! HUGS!

I also hope you have a good day!

Tori Lennox said...

Critique groups have both good & bad points, don't they?

Gorgeous new jewelry from DD!

Sarita said...

I hope the crit issue is worked out by now. I'm thrilled that you finished the story! Yay for you!

Love the earrings. A lot of talent to do something so pretty. Patience, too, I'd think.

Hope your weekend is a good one. Soggy here. :(