I’ve been very depressed all week. Why, you ask? Well, edits have stalled for both my books. Writing novels is not for the faint of heart, clearly.
I’m writing the next draft for THE BLUE BAR Sequel, and I’m editing You Beneath Your Skin for other markets.
If you’ve written or edited for any length of time, you know you have a process. You’ll go through the stages of writing or editing just like the stages of grief (yeah, I went there, sorry). They’re modified, of course. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance–all of them occur at various times.
You refuse to admit you have tons to edit; you’re angry you must get to it and haven’t; you give yourself all kinds of deadlines that you don’t meet; you get depressed at your paralysis, and then, you re-orient yourself to reality and just buckle down and get to it.
By You here I mean Me, of course. If you’re reading this and are an author, you have a different process for writing novels.
This is mine, and I may not be proud of it, but I can follow no other no matter how hard I try. What I’ve managed is to reduce the number of days/ weeks I devote to each stage. Sometimes it is down to hours.
The one thing that helps when I’m at the Depression stage of writing novels is someone telling me My Writing Doesn’t Suck. This time, the wonderful author Stella Oni (if you haven’t read her work, you have a treat ahead of you! Click on her name to find her work.) did me that favor, by reviewing You Beneath Your Skin. I’m sure she had no clue her review would hit me just when I needed it the most and propel me from the depression to acceptance stage of my process!
Here’s the review that energized me:This review appeared at an opportune moment, but if that doesn’t happen while writing novels, I take recourse to reading old, positive reviews of my work which give me courage, and tell me that maybe I can write and edit, after all.
How about you? Does your work follow a process? Do you ever get depressed and discouraged in the middle of a project?
My lit crime novel, The Blue Bar will be out soon with Thomas & Mercer. It is already available for preorders. Add it to Goodreads or pre-order it to make my day.
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