IWSG – April 2019

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The optional monthly question for April is- If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)

When I finally summoned up the courage to start writing a novel, the first five pages came very easy. I’d already written, and rewritten the introductory moments at least ten times, thinking it would end up as part of a novella or short story. But when I embarked on the insanity of composing a novel length work, the idea crumbled and I found myself stuck, stopped mid sentence, looking at the screen, hands over the keyboard with no idea where to go or how to get out of the hole I’d dug for myself.

So I put the chapter aside, stopped writing, let myself be frustrated.

Two years later, I was going through some old files, hoping to find a fragment I could use to create something new. I like doing that, finding one or two discarded ideas and seeing if I’m ready to finally write them. I read the five pages, liked the feel of it, and in a flash, saw the way out of the scene.

Not only that, but I realized I’d been approaching the concept of the novel from the wrong angle. I wrote the rest of the chapter, pleased with myself, then sat down to write a prologue, which later became chapter one.

I adore the book, mostly. The ending is brilliant, and I especially love the prologue. What I don’t love, and what I would use a magic wish to make right, is those initial 5 pages, that chapter that stifled me once, and then gave me the insight to compose the novel. It is by far the weakest part of the novel, likely because the writing was initially unfocused, and then later, good enough to get the job done.

I should just rewrite it from scratch, see where I end up. At the same time, I’m not sure I should be pushing myself on this particular novel anymore. It was my first, and like most first novels, it suffers from my lack of ability. Still, whenever I read it, I don’t feel like it’s a throwaway book. At some point though, I have to move on and focus on the next project, which is finally (FINALLY) starting to take shape. I’m excited about that project more than revisiting an old one, and I’ve learned it is best to go where the excitement takes me.



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There are some who call me, Tim?

4 responses to “IWSG – April 2019”

  1. Michelle Wallace says :

    Go where the excitement takes you… definitely!
    If you’re excited about it, the reader will also be excited.
    Makes me think of Frost’s quote: No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. It’s linked to that sense of authenticity, when you dig deep and the words come from some kind of honest place in yourself.

    Happy IWSG Day!

  2. Natalie Aguirre says :

    I agree with Michelle. I worked on my first book for 10 years. I’ve put it away for awhile but I’m not giving up on it.

  3. Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

    I’m curious about your next project, Ryan! And, I’m glad you found some excitement and focus to work on that. Interesting how the first five pages of your initial novel went from easy to write and “quite good” to the “weakest part”. I guess we all grow as writers and looking back at what we did either makes us cringe or realize it wasn’t half bad!

  4. jmh says :

    Congrats on finishing the draft! I think that’s the most important aspect. You can always go back and fix the beginning later if you want.

    I have the same struggle with some of my older novels. Take the time to fix them, or let them go?

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