Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Change of View
You know the feeling when a story isn't working? You rework and rewrite, ditch scenes and give your character a whole new personality--or shed his old traits. After hours--no, days--you don't know why the story still reads flat and lumpy (think potatoes without enough salt or mashing to wrap your head around that juxtaposition), and every early morning greets you like a funeral.
You start to think this one's due for the incincerator, so you toss it in a drawer or a folder or even use the hard-copy to line the birdcage.
You wonder why you ever decided you wanted to write. Why you thought it was enjoyable.
It is not.
You think about washing your kitchen floor with a tooth brush. Now THAT is fun.
But Butt In Chair, so...
You work on something new. This is not your choice. And as you plod along wrapping your head around a new situation, new characters, new words, it comes to you--switch the point-of-view.
You start the rewrite. Again. It reads smoother, the words gel together. You change the tense, and then magic begins.
You bolt from bed every morning, wanting to write. Writing is good. Life is good.
Anyone else ever feel my pain? What's sticking your creativity now?