Chainsaws and vapor

I was hoping to release A Very Tall Summer sooner than later, but it still needs work.

Spent most of the weekend editing, but some bolts still need to be tightened. I’m not a fast writer, except when I am, and it always shows. Superfluous phrasing, awkward sentence structure, plot inconsistencies. So now it’s time for the ruthless editor. Time for garden shears and possibly a chainsaw.

I’ve never written what is basically a one-N1407P51003H copycharacter novel (or novella in this case), and it has been challenge. I love the character of Charlotte, and I love how she grows,  from a meek housewife into someone formidable and self-reliant.

That’s why I do it. Not for book sales (but hey, if you please), but for myself. To challenge the restlessness of my nature, to put the vapor in a bottle. I don’t know where ideas come from, but I grab them and run like hell. Sometimes they work, and sometimes…. most times… they don’t. This one did. And so more work. I’m doing it for Charlotte, but I’m mostly doing it for me. And, of course, for anyone who wants to share in her story.

I think it’s gonna be good. 🙂

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19 thoughts on “Chainsaws and vapor

  1. …know Steven, there are others out there writing like you write… not what you write, but with a sense of love for the writing, the characters, the story, the form… I’ve been tossing and turning over my first novel… wanting to make it the best I can… reading your words just now helps me feel a bit better about staying true to my original reasons for writing it while keeping my eye on sending this ‘first child’ of mine out the door… (so there can be more!) Thanks.

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  2. The first really is a child. You put everything in it, and you don’t want to skimp on the hard work… and the love. It really is its own reward. And if other’s can enjoy and appreciate it, that’s great. I’d love to sell enough copies to retire, and write until I drop. But honestly, I’m still going to keep writing ’til I drop anyway, because that’s what I do and that’s what I love to do. If I was born to do something, this is it for me, and that pleases me. Write away, my friend, and if your passion is sincere (and I’m sure it is), it will show. I’ll be standing in line to read it. 🙂

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  3. I love that you write for yourself, and the way you describe it. I write for myself too, and if other people want to come along for the story, great! Part of what I love about self-publishing is that the final form of our creation lies with us. Good luck with A Very Tall Summer 🙂

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  4. Thank you! I don’t know any other way to write, other than because I need to. And I’m my own worst critic, so there’s that, and it drives me to improve. Succeed or fail, it’s all on our shoulders. And that’s cool. 🙂

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    1. I consider myself a slow writer too. I don’t think there is a “standard” pace or “best” pace. We all do what works for us, and this is an art, not production work (or at least it shouldn’t be, in my mind). So just enjoy and do what you do. No pressure.

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      1. The only pressure is from myself, but I see that as a challenge. I think I’m doing some of the best writing I’ve ever done, and that’s because I’m taking my time. The physical writing is a relatively small part of my approach to it.

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