I know it’s cliched, but writing at the moment is like pulling teeth. Excrutiatingly painful… only difference is I guess, I have no desire to have my pearly whites evicted from my mouth but I have a real desire to get the words down on the page just right.
I’ve hit the very middle of WWMM and where I can usually knock out 1000 words (ones I’m reasonably happy with) in an hour, I’m struggling to make 100. And, I’m really questioning their quality. I’m trying to remember Nora Roberts mantra, ”You can correct a bad page, but… you can’t correct a blank one!” But it’s tough. I want them all to be perfect first time round. 🙂
I’m not sure if my bump in the mss is due to the fact:
a) I’ve been away from it for such a long time or
b) I’m just not good at writing middles or
c) I so want this mss to be the one that hits the mark that I’m losing it.
To be honest, I find the middle section of a novel the worst part. Beginnings are easy for me (as I know they are for many others) and the endings aren’t too horrendous either, but middles always drag me down. I always go through a period of self-doubt somewhere between 20000 and 40000 words. There’s so much I want to put in there, so much emotion I want to get across, but it never seems to come out on the page the way I want it.
So… anyone else in the same predicament? Have you any tips for getting through it? What parts of the novel do you find the hardest??