Now Playing: Writer's Block is Blocking Me
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?