Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Writing Road Blocks

All you aspiring writers out there, what scares or concerns you most about the writing process? Is it  the "selling" stuff like writing an engaging query letter? Logistical stuff like making sure you use proper punctuation? Big picture stuff like creating sympathetic characters? The end-game stuff like promoting a newly released novel? 

Comment below and we'll all see what we can do to get you on-track. 


Carole Anne Carr said...

Kate, I find every step of the way a hurdle I have to overcome. Now I am officially on Waterstone's list, (the equivalent of Barnes and Noble), I now have to approach the individual shops! Not an easy task even with the backing of the head office. Argghh! :0)

Brenda said...

I've just started my 4th MS and, for me, it's trying to be true to my voice but not create the same characters, but in different situations, if that makes any sense. I don't want my characters to be the novel equivalents of Hugh Grant and Jennifer Aniston, but it's harder than you think. Or maybe it's exactly as hard as you think. :)

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

Thanks for sharing! I've got a similar issue, Carole Anne, and I know exactly what you mean, Brenda! I'll post about both topics later this week.

Vicki said...

I'm still struggling with "is it right for me to start?" I don't have a job and I'm paying back college loans - so is it "right" to start a project that is not only a huge time-sapper but also not likely to bring financial stability?

I also have problems with my current character/story idea and trying to balance unique and cliche. Obviously, cliche practices work or they wouldn't become cliche. But in trying to come up with something new, what if it's too outside the box? Will that make her completely unlikable?

Oh, and dialog. I really don't feel confident in that anymore.

So, I guess to sum up, I'm psyching myself out of writing because I'm hurting financially and feel that if I commit to something it has to be perfect...and since I don't believe my idea/writing is perfect, I'm reluctant to start.

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

Thanks for posting, Vicki!

Eliza Faith said...

Getting rejected because of a bad query.

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

Hi Eliza,
I'll have another query critique contest later this year, and I hope you'll submit yours!

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