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IWSG Day Optional Question: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?
This month I am recommitting to my writing.
Again, for the umpteenth time.
After SO many times saying that and not following through I feel like I’m starting to lose credibility – even with myself.
The only person I have to blame is myself. Sure, I’m busy – who isn’t? And it isn’t like I’m THAT busy. I have had plenty of time to zone out at Netflix, or play video-games with friends, or read, or get together with friends in person to hang out and to crochet, or play the Harry Potter game on my phone. The only thing I seem to not have time for (aside from cooking my lunches for the week… need to get better at that) is my writing.
I know I’ve thought about the WHY behind that, and talked about it here — I’m in an editing stage (and have been for, what, two years now?) and just keep getting stuck. I find myself wondering if the story is worth it, if I have the right kind of beginning, if I have the POV correct, if the changes I know are coming are going to work out correctly.
Having anxiety makes editing a challenge. I am, sometimes, able to shut off off my super-critical editing brain when I’m writing, but when I’m editing I am SUPPOSED to be listening to it. However, it’s a tightrope balance between listening to the editor and over-thinking and I think I’ve fallen off on the side of overthinking.
Just pushing myself through hasn’t worked, so it’s time to try yet another strategy. Since I have really hit a snag at chapter 4, and I know that the information is going to stay the same (just the order will change) I’m going to allow myself to jump ahead. Step to the middle of the story, where there is so much revision needed it will quite-nearly be full on rewriting. Yes, I’ll then likely have more editing to do on it – but I’ll likely have more editing to do on all of this so why not at least make SOME progress rather than none?
So that’s what I’m going to try this weekend. Taking a page out of the book of a coworker who is trying to finish her Thesis while working, I’m going to start making myself wake up a bit earlier on the weekends. Hold myself to getting some writing-work done before I do the fun things on my schedule. I’ll check in next month on how successful I am in this endeavor!
As for the question of the month – it’s really a toss up for me. I’m pretty challenged by both character names and titles. I think, though, that it’s the titles which probably give me the most trouble… this work-in-progress, for instance, remains unnamed. After YEARS of working on it (and thinking about it) I’ve got nothing. Most of the WIPs I have going don’t have titles, just saved in my files under the Main Character’s name. Whereas most of my characters find their names within a month or so of starting the project.
How is your writing going?