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Monday, 30 April 2012
Scary Writing
Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: Writer's Block is Blocking Me
Topic: contemplative

Okay, I admit, I'm probably my own worst critic. However, looking over some of my old writing I have to think - What was I thinking?

 I recently reread one of my novels I wrote years ago that was supposed to be a humorous mystery. I almost threw it away!  Wow, was it bad. Well, maybe not bad but more uninteresting. 

 The whole point of a mystery is suspense, and this was bad!!!

 Even I didn't care about the characters (there was hardly any character development), the plot (what little of it there was), and humor (what little of THAT there was).

 I think my problem is, half way through the novel, I started losing interest in my story.  I didn't care about the characters, nor did I care about the victim.  Nor how it ended.

 Word of advice, if you are going to write mysteries, make sure you at least have SOME idea who did it. I didn't and at the very end, I had to slip in all sorts of clues - not good if you are trying to write a GOOD whodunit!

So, I'm wondering if I should just chuck the whole thing, or do a major re-write? I'm thinking about the re-write, but I just don't have enough get up and go to get it done. Right now, I have so many other stories that are actually GOOD or at least starting to look that way, that I just don't know if I have the energy to work on it.  But again, I get started on a decent idea and then, how do I end it?  (I have far too many stories started with no middles or endings to count.)

So how does one get motivated?

Posted by heymolo at 3:16 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 30 April 2012 3:17 PM EDT

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