Friday, March 27, 2009

"Feeling Adrift ..."

During last Christmas holiday, I have developed a series of stories which based loosely on a common theme. Let’s call it STOS. It is my writing project for the year. I’ve started the 1st draft of STOS # 1 on Feb. So far so good. I’m now up to about 2/3 of the story but found that I had trouble to keep going. I began to blame myself of being such a novice writer that no wonders I have not had a thing published yet.

A few days ago, I read this from Writers’ News (UK). It helped me to understand what was going on and I’ve been feeling a lot better.

‘There is a tendency in the middle of the writing of a novel for the writer to feel adrift, lost floating aimlessly in a rough uncharted ocean of words. You are too far from the beginning to feel the enthusiasm that set you on your way all those words ago and too far from the end to see the land of your completed tale where you may rest finally.

There are so many obstacles between you and your completed manuscript. Do not let this sense of aimlessness stop you from finishing. From my own limited experience, and of many writers to whom I have spoken, I am convinced that this feeling is normal.’ Australian writer Elliot Pearlman

Fellow creatives, what do you do when you're adrift? What / Who is your life saver?

(Can you hear the theme song of Star Wars playing somewhere?)


laughingwolf said...

hey j, don't feel alone

if you get stuck, take a break from writing and read your tale from the beginning, make notes and use the ideas you get to carry on, later :)

Hybrid J said...

Thank you so much for your comments and encouragement! It's nice to know that I got some company on this long journey. You just made my day again. :D