My Current Writing Nightmare!

In my last post I told you that I’m rehashing an old story, cutting it into three books and replotting it. Still working on that by the way…

I started writing this years ago and quit – but we’ve already gone over that. What is shocking to find is how much my writing sucked. Seriously, it’s embarrassing.

I know the old rule about “write first edit later” and “the first draft always sucks” but WOW! I blew my own mind.

I just HAD to go back and read over what I’d written, which was quite a bit, and it was like nails on a chalkboard. See for yourself…

It was cooling down a bit and Cynthia put the camera down, satisfied with her shots, she went for her Ramen and slurped at the salty broth.

    “Can I see them now?” Penelope knew she sounded whiney and didn’t care.

    Victoria was looking hard at each photo and looking perplexed. And then all at once that look changed to frightened. Her eyes grew wide and she threw the photos to the end of her lawn chair. “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!” her voce barely a whisper. She pushed herself into the backrest to get even further away from them.

    Penelope was confused and wanted to see them all the more. “What? What’s wrong” She figured Vitoria was just playing a game but jumped from her sleeping bags in a hurry to get to the discarded pictures. Her feet hit the deck with a slap and she got to her knees to inspect them.

    Cinthia returned her bowl to the deck and began to shuffle through her own set of photos, silently wondering if there had been something wrong with the polaroid.

    Penelope leafed quickly through the shots and saw nothing at first glance. She looked to Victoria with a frown but saw that she remained frozen against the back of her chair. She looked back to the photos, squinting to see better, and then she saw it.

So so so so much telling… tell tell tell tell tell! Ugh!

Line after line of pointless explaining… boring myself to death with all the “I know you lack an imagination so let me spell it out for you” crap.

Time to face the music, I wasn’t very good at my craft when I first started this series. But hey, I’ve learned a lot if I’m noticing the screw ups, right?

What’s weird is the first few chapters read fine (there were other issues but we’ll get to them another time), and then BAM! I forgot how to write. WTH

I had to think back to why my style changed and there it was, NANOWRIMO!

If you don’t know, NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) is a nonprofit event held annually in the month of November that encourages writers to write their book in thirty days. Fun right?

It can be grueling work, forcing words onto paper when you’re just not feeling it. That’s what happened. I was forcing my story forward, dispassionately, following my plot. Thinking all the while “write first edit later.”

I’m still not to edit mode, so I have to just cringe and move forward.

Has this happened to you or is it just me?

Published by Michelle Rene Goodhew

Book Cover Designer and Illustrator

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