Another month, another chance to commisurate with other insecure writers out there. If you’re interested in seeing the wonderful blogs of some of the hundreds of other writers who participate in this monthly bloghop, please check out this link: http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.html
My post this month is about honoring my characters.
For those of you who’ve linked to the page about my book, you’ll see that I’m writing a novel using three distinct first-person points-of-view. It’s a challenging way of telling a story, and many of my beta readers have questioned whether it’s sustainable. And to their credit, they were right about the challenge of this particular writing choice.
Initially, I just kept plugging away at it, considering their advice, but continuing to work through it. I kept reminding myself that my first book was the place to learn, and learning from such a rigorous experience would make me better. But now I’m growing a little concerned. My concern is that although I’m growing and developing – and the story along with me – that it’s not enough to fully tell the story I want to tell. As both a storyteller and a reader, I’m dying to get it right. I want the characters and the conflict to resonate and make people think about them hours, days, or weeks later. Maybe I’m a perfectionist, maybe it’s just the time I’ve already put in, but whatever it is, I want to really convey the story, and this week … I’m just not sure.
How do other writers handle the sense that they’re not quite up to the challenge their manuscript presents?