So, on Monday I had my WIP critiqued in the last workshop of the semester. Obviously, there were things that still I need to fix, some world-building that I have to work out, but overall, I’m proud of myself for improving so much over the past year. I’ve gotten a handle on what I’m good at, what I tend to focus on in my writing, and what I need to focus on (which I talked a bit about here)
Anyways, what I really want to talk about it continuing this project. I have my first WIP, which I do want to (and will) get back to finishing at some point, but I feel like I need to give them a rest. I don’t know. Writing a novel is so difficult, and I have all of these plot lines that need to be explained well enough for the reader to understand ( the Main Plot, Two Romance Plots, War Backstory, MC’s parents Backstory, MC’s Internal goal, etc.) Every time I feel like I’ve fleshed them out enough, that I’ve given the reader enough to think about as the story continues, there something else that I didn’t consider.
Not that I have a huge problem with it.
I like exploring the world and all, but constantly having to go back and fix chapter one, which therefore forces me to fix the entire thing. And I know, I said I like knowing what I need to fix and going back to do it right then and there. I still do.
BUT, I wonder if it will always be this way. I look on the bright side, about how much my writing as improved, all the things I’m learning, and still I can’t help but wonder if I’ll ever finish a draft of a novel. (I mean, I’m not giving up or anything, and I’m not discouraged from writing in general, just this particular story at this time moment in time.)
I go through bursts of writing; finding a new idea, falling in love with it, writing a hundred pages (or 200) then falling out of love slowly while unconsciously thinking and finding new ideas for stories. Then I get preoccupied with the new shiny ideas, and say “I have to write this now” But that means writing several stories at once, which I can’t do.
So today, I’d like to ask for tips and advice. Should I continue with this current draft, and just push through it? Or should I put it down and start something new? What would you do?