Anyway, I've been thinking again. I know. Everyone step away.
I hate that damn Regency. I honestly do. I don't care about these characters. They're boring. Really, truly boring. Their entire situation is just so predictable. Not just because I know they're going to get a HEA, but because everything leading up to it is exactly like a dozen other stories I've read. Just because my heroine has a unique quirk doesn't make the whole thing original.
I'm not even in a middle of the story slump. I know what happens next. I just don't care.
I think it's time to round-file this one. I know, I know. I've done it before. But I'm thinking more in terms of keeping the print-out in a folder, but deleting the file from my hard drive so it doesn't keep haunting me.
Do you have any idea how long it's been since I worked on an original idea? Well, I did with Daughter of Privilege, but that's it. In years, it feels like. I've been going back to things in my idea folder, but I haven't added anything new there in a very long time.
I think it's time for a mind declutter as well as a file declutter.
I'll let you know how it goes.
yahooooooooooo there's nothing better than starting a new story--except chocolate!
I'm dying to start a new project.
Isn't it funny how edits and other things keeping you from that just make you long for the madness even more?
Don't kill it! This could just be your mood. To be honest, I'd take great characterization/author voice, over *originality* any day. It's caring about the characters that keeps me engaged. Just put it aside for now.
Don't tuck it TOO far away.
But yeah, there's a joy in starting a new story unlike no other!
And it may even motivate you to gt back to this one. ;-)
I'm with Jayne.
I hear you! I re-read my story that an agent is nibbling and I thought "Man this is awful! I'm completely not interested in writing this". I wanted to get back to my new project. But the iron is hot, so I have to crack the whip and get back to the characters. The story is going to look completely different though.
What about changing the storyline a little? Would tweaking it, slightly, make it more interesting? (says the unpublished, brash Jen)
Cece -- I know!! I love that feeling! If only I could remember it...
Sandra -- I think that's part of it. I've been in "fixing things" mode for so long I've forgotten the joy of creating something for the first time.
Jaye -- I never truly throw anything away. It'll still be around, just not so it makes me feel horribly guilty every time I look at my files.
Raine -- I honestly hope that I can put this one away forever. The only good thing is that I may be able to mine it in the future for the bits that DID work and use them somewhere else.
Bernita -- Thank you!
Jen -- That made me chuckle in a completely unhinged way. I've been "tweaking" this story for 4 yrs. I'm done tweaking. I just need to move on.
Thanks everyone! I finally read a book yesterday. It's been a while since I was able to do that without feeling guilty that I wasn't using the time to write.
Make sure you burn a copy of the document onto disc and tuck it into the file too so that, IF you should want to come back to this story, you don't have to re-type everything.
Good luck! New stories are so addictive!
I agree, don't kill it, just put the story in hibernation and move on to something that grabs you. I have three half finished novels in hibernation. But there's nothing like getting all fired up with something new. Go for it. :-)
Crystal -- Funny you should mention that. I just backed up everything in my writing file to my Jump Drive. I hadn't backed up in ages, either! So I've still got it all with me one way or another.
Alexandra -- Thanks for the encouragement. I feel soooo much better already taking the break to reconnect those creative discovery cells.
LOL, I totally know what you mean. I can't remember the last thing I wrote original. Wait...it was June of 05. Everyting else has been revamp, rewrite or edits.
I'm a little afraid of something new, now.
Wishing you luck!