"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, January 21, 2010

On love...

I've been working on a new WIP for, oh, something like eight months now. Yes, there have been other things being revised during that time and lots of critiquing, and ... well, I'm not sure what else. But suffice it to say, I've taken time away from the WIP. I've changed it around a bit. I've added motivations and changed POV and tense and all sorts of things.
But I don't yet love it.

I kind of have the feeling after I get through it this time and once I actually get a beta reader, the love will grow. Because as I sink into it I remember that I do like the story and the characters. But it's still not love. Not yet.

Is this okay? Has anyone every written something they don't absolutely adore? Can love grow?

28 comments:

Christine M said...

Love can always grow. I think you need to focus on what you like. And then see what about the other things don't measure up to that.

Good luck. I'm sure you'll love it soon!c

Angela said...

I'm there right now. I'm not quite in love but I sense it's there under a few layers of revision and I just have to reach it.

Hugs! You'll find it too!

PJ Hoover said...

I like to hope so, Chris :) There are things I really do love about it. But it's just not there.

I'm so glad to hear that, Angela! I feel like if I keep at it, it will work.
hugs right back!

Deva Fagan said...

With everything I have written there's been a period where I feel sort of blah about it, like it's lost its spark. Usually it goes away in a few days or a few weeks. If it doesn't, I usually trunk it.

Of course sometimes I confuse not loving a story with not wanting to write it (because it's too hard, or because I'm lazy). I'm still learning to tell the difference...!

Good luck with your project!

lotusgirl said...

Of course, love can grow.

PJ Hoover said...

LOL at the thought of trunking it, Deva. It's so much cooler than shelving it :)
I am hoping it doesn't come to that, but we'll see!
And thanks!

I hope so, Lois! Thanks!

Deva Fagan said...

Heh... Oops, I should have clarified that I didn't mean you should trunk it, but rather that I am less tenacious at sticking it out with a proto-book that is not making me love it. I admire your resolve, and I have faith you will be rewarded!

One of the techniques I find myself using is that I usually have a list of favorite scenes I am looking forward to writing. So even when I get to a sloggy bit, the prospect of getting to the next bit I've been eager to write will serve as a carrot to lure me onward.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Deva! I hope so. Even now, I have a new idea I think will help. The beginning feels very weak to me, and I think that's the overall problem I'm having. I need to spend some free writing time and just have at it.
Tonight.
Thanks so much!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I guess my question would be didn't you love it when it was your shiny new toy? Maybe try to remember what got you excited in the first place and that might help. I know I fall in and out of love sometimes when the writing is going well or isn't. Hope you write up a storm tonight!

Elana Johnson said...

Yes! There's always room to grow, and always another space in your heart.

I feel the same way about my WiP right now. I've been editing it for two months, and the ending still isn't coming together right.

I hate it. I hate them. I hate it all! But somehow, I'm still working on it, still trying to bring us together in one big group hug.

Ending: TBD.

PJ Hoover said...

I think I did, Tricia, but never with the same burning hot desire I'd had for other WIPs. But very good idea to try to remember the spark and why I did start writing it!

PJ Hoover said...

Yay for the group hug, Elana! That is what I need to hear. I do think I'm nurturing it so much that maybe that's the issue. I just keep seeing its flaws, and maybe I need to focus more on it's good points.
Can't wait to hear the end of your story!

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Definitely!! Sometimes it just takes one small change to make the whole story fall into 'perfect'. I'm sure you'll love it in no time!

beckylevine said...

Oh, yeah, it's happened. The whole time I was trying to work on this latest WIP, until the last month or so--after I took some time out and plotted & did character work. Now I'm loving it. Be gentle with yourself and the story--it may be that all those other things you've been doing have put up a few blocks to really connecting with this project. Hang in there!

Kelly H-Y said...

I think so. I've not liked something before, then found the right angle to approach it from, and it's turned out to be one of my favorites.

storyqueen said...

Sometimes, (with people, you know), it's the friendships that deepen into the strongest of loves.

Hope it happens in this case.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I think sometimes when things aren't working in an area of the story--plot or character development--and you've been working on something for awhile, you fall out of love with it. But if you remember why you thought of writing it and why you thought it was an important story to tell, the love will grow back. At least that's what's happened for me. Sometimes just taking a break from the project, even a week or two, will help to figure out what is lacking in the manuscript.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Ever watch Finding Nemo? Sing Dorrie's song with my words:

Just keep writing, and rewriting...
Just keep writing, and rewriting...

The love will come.
Or you'll hurl it in the fireplace and start with something new :)

Miriam S. Forster said...

Usually a lack of love, for me, is because something's wrong. In my current WIP, it's lack of strong plot. But I love the character's voice and I love the concept, so I just have to come up with a plot that's worthy. :)

Hang in there!

PJ Hoover said...

I hope so, Amy! Thanks for the words of encouragement. One small change I can totally handle :)

Thanks, Becky! That's great to hear. I do feel like I have more work I need to do on it, so maybe that's the key.

Yay, Kelly! I hope this turns out to be one of my favs!

Patty P said...

Yup. All the time. Kind of wishing something would stick.

PJ Hoover said...

I have been trying to equate it to friendships, and that seems to help. Thanks, Shelley!

It's exactly how it feels, Natalie. Like something isn't quite working, but if I can get it working, I think it will be great!
Thanks!

OMG, Sherrie, I LOVE this. I am going to be singing it constantly. Love, love, love.

Bingo, Miriam! I have to make it right. That is my job, right? Thanks!

Thanks so much everyone for all the awesome thoughts!

PJ Hoover said...

LOL! Thanks, Patty! Good to hear since I know your story rocks!

Tabitha said...

Most definitely! I do all my projects that way. I start out liking them, exploring to see where they will go, and then, once I start to revise, that's when the love kicks in. The more I revise, the more love I feel. :) After finishing my most recent revision, I wanted to hug my story. And, yes, I know how weird that sounds. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Is that weird, Tabitha? Because it's totally how I've felt in the past. And your words (and everyone's) are so encouraging. I will love this WIP, darn it.

beth said...

I'm late to the party, but I wanted to add that I totally know what you mean about being in love--or not. Amnesia Door is one I fell so out of love with I couldn't work on it any more.

PJ Hoover said...

So I'm in the reverse situation, Beth. I need to fall in love. I never fell out. Hoping it will happen!
(and I still love AD. Don't give up on it.)

Christine M said...

Beth, Amnesia Door definitely deserves a second chance. I think you could fall back in love with that story very easily.