Trying Again

Last October I attempted to compose the first draft of my 4th novel. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful. Honestly, I was surprised at the failure. Writing the first three books hadn’t been easy, but I’d remained focused, determined each time to pound out a draft. Three completed manuscripts are evidence of my success.

I don’t know what was different last time from the previous three years, but my usual tricks failed to keep me on track, and the story never seemed to find a solid foundation. Convinced the problem was with the story idea itself, I shifted gears and tried to write the sequel to the science fiction novel I’d written in 2014. Again, I was unable to keep focused, and while this story seemed to have direction, I still couldn’t complete a draft.

I was discouraged enough to leave both stories untouched for a full year. I’m still a bit shaken by the failure, and not convinced I’ve the stomach for another attempt. But November is nearly upon us, and I have to admit, I really want to try again. I’m going to take the next week and re-read my failed manuscripts, see if either of them has a second life. If not, a short story collection might be a really good idea. Either way, I need to fight through whatever this is and get writing.

I don’t like this feeling of not creating. It’s empty.

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About Ryan Carty

There are some who call me, Tim?

8 responses to “Trying Again”

  1. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor says :

    Sounds like you’ve got a good plan to get your creative mojo back. It will be interesting to see which direction you go – rework one of your earlier manuscripts or go down the path of short stories.

    • fenster says :

      I’m interested to see which way this falls myself. Imagine if there were a third option- A completely new idea…the possibilities are mind blowing.

  2. artistpath says :

    I’m going to attempt to write the sequel to a book I wrote during Nanowrimo last year. The first manuscript is still in the editing phase and I debated whether to finish editing instead of using November to pound out a draft of book two. My writer friends convinced me that getting a draft of the second book will help me edit the first book…we shall see. Best of luck to you!

    • fenster says :

      To you as well. I agree with your friend. Pound out another book. I’m not sure it will be the motivator to edit the first, but it is always nice to have multiple completed manuscripts.

  3. Liesbet says :

    It’s always good to have an alternative or back-up plan when a daunting task lays ahead of you. Based on this, it is a win-win situation. Maybe one of your drafts begs for some attention, maybe there are certain parts in those novels that get you excited and require a new direction, or maybe you work on a short story book. It seems like you are ready to write, so write you will! Let the keyboard guide you… 🙂

  4. aandj8804 says :

    Best of luck getting back into writing. It can be a struggle.

  5. jmh says :

    Aw, this happens to the best of us, Ryan. Sorry to hear of the discouragement–perhaps it’s a case of “right story, wrong time.” If so, you’ll find your way back to them.

    Hope NaNo is going well for you.

  6. Chrys Fey says :

    Setting a work aside and not looking at it or thinking about it is often the best remedy. After that time, with fresh eyes and a clear mind, we often are able to do what we need to do and can see the potential. I hope you get there soon.

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