Let me start by saying how crazy busy August was for me. I was hoping to have contributed waaaay more to this blog last month. But I was tossed into a technical class for my job, I took a vacation, and my 9-5 job moved offices across the town to a new building. It has been nuts! So I apologize for not updating you guys in a bit. Now...the blog :) I have destroyed more books I started writing than I have published. I am a bit ashamed, but I have learned from this. When I started writing Clifford's War: The Bluegrass Battleground, I had no idea where I was going with this story. I initially intended for it to be a Horror. But as I was writing, I found myself hating it and again, wanting to destroy it.
I kept telling myself, "No! Not again. Just Keep Writing!!!"
And I did.
I kept writing. I changed the story a bit and I started writing it as if it were more of an Action instead of a Horror. Things started to fall into place and the story started growing and taking shape.
This story was called "Book" because I had no idea what the title was going to be. Honestly, I didn't title the story until I finished writing it.
The more I wrote, the better I felt about the story. It was coming to life.
Until the first read-through.
It was TERRIBLE. There were action scenes that made no sense. There were details and conversations that lead nowhere and had nothing to do with the story.
The scene I wrote in the hotel was a complete mess and I ended up removing and rewriting an entire chapter because of it. It.Was.BAD.
This story that I kept telling myself to write was horrible. God-Awful!
But again....I refused to accept defeat. I kept writing.
I changed the details that made no sense. I added to some of the other details to tie it in and make it relevant. I removed chapters, I rewrote others, I deleted characters and created new ones...I fixed the bad writing.
I was able to do this because I "Kept Writing".
The Moral of this blog post is to help other writers that are trying to get their story out. It will not be perfect. It will never be perfect but You have to keep writing until it is as close to perfect as you can get it.
So what your story sucks!
....Just keep writing.