Friday, April 8, 2011

It's not you, it's me applies to writing. Who would have thought?

Today I was sitting on my bed with a notebook in hand and started writing when I realized I haven't worked on any of my novels lately. I've been working on a lot of short stories, but no novels. Sigh! That needs to change. 
Needless to say my characters weren't really thrilled with me or at least they shouldn't be.

Especially Alana the protagonist from The Chosen One,  which has been a ten year project. I finished my last draft years ago, and then recently decided to rewrite almost the entire novel due to some major changes I wanted to incorporate.

 Now Alana is way too nice to tell me she is upset, but I know she is. In her mind, I've clearly abandoned her story. I then had a little fictional conversation with her:

Me: Alana, it's not that I don't want to finish your story. It's just there has been a lot on my mind lately.

Alana: I understand.

Me: It's nothing personal. It has nothing to do with you. (The cheesy line, "It's not you, it's me" immediately enters my mind.)

Alana: You're just trying to make me feel better. I've learned that it always has something to do with me. As egotistical as that may sound it is the truth. I seem to always cause some disturbance.

Me: You don't cause problems.

Alana: I am not blind. Just look at all the lives I've screwed up.

Me: It's not your fault.

Alana: That's not the point.

Me: Alana, I promise you I'll redouble my efforts and work on your novel again.

The truth is I needed a break to figure out what direction I wanted to take her story, or in other words, how I want to mesh the two different story threads together.

Finally, I've found my answer and now I'm ready to dive in headfirst and tackle this story. I will finish Alana's story.

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