Boring yourself

Last week I spoke about striving for perfection in my novel.  While I am in a way, I also came to realize that I am starting to get bored reading these same few pages over and over to make them better.  Now does that mean I think a potential reader will be bored with the story, no.  But I do see that I need to move on in the story before I decide I don’t like it anymore and want to stop working on it altogether.

I have to admit I never thought I would get to this point.  I mean I love my own characters, even the ones I hate, because I created them; or at least made them my own in the case of some.  So how could I get bored with them?  Well I think it’s because I want to get on with the story and see what comes next.  It is the same way when I read a book.  I want to keep going so I can see what happens to the characters I like, or despise.  The really, really good books make me want to keep reading until I am done in one sitting.  For some books that is not possible and I rue having to stop.

Now some might ask how I can want to get on with the story when I know it.  All I can say is it has been long enough there are some things I forgot and there are some things that need to be changed so the story becomes better.  Also, I have some ideas for my world that I didn’t when I began writing this story and need/want to incorporate them into the novel.

It could be that boring myself is not the correct term but I cannot think of anything else which fits.

Have you ever been working on something and got bored trying to make it better?


Now What?

I finished the first edit of my first novel last week.  Since it was a holiday weekend, I decided against attempting to do anything else involving any writing or editing, too many other factors get in the way of me accomplishing anything with it.  Now that the new year is upon me I am faced with a big question, now what do I do?

This may seem like a silly question but there are many options with my writing here.  I have a second novel written but not edited yet, I could work on that.  I don’t want to do a second edit of the first novel just yet but I do have some things to flesh out and change in the story so that the world is more mine than a copy of someone else’s (not that it is a copy but there are elements).  There are characters to develop further now that I know something more about them.  There is also a world to expand upon.

So the question becomes which do I do first.  Editing the second novel might be a bit premature since it has been only a little over a month since I finished it.  The world still rather daunts me (although I am getting over that) however I am not an artist so drawing it up is difficult.

The characters and fleshing out the story seem the most logical areas.  It might be best for to jump back and forth, so I do not get stalled out on one or the other.  So time to pull out my character background sheet and get working on some of them and then jump to the first novel to fix some glaring errors I found (which someone else reading might not catch since they are character/creature based).

World Building

Those who write fantasy usually have to do at least some world building.  Regardless of if they are using an “Earth” like we know to make the world their own, they must create something which is not found on the Earth we live now.  Depending on how different you want that world to be it can take a while to get the world completed.

We have influences everywhere too, especially when you read fantasy.  Sometimes it’s easy to see where our influences come from and other times it’s not.  However it can be hard to walk the fine line between emulating and imitating someone’s idea for your own story.  I have been reading George R R Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series lately.  There is much I like in it that I want to utilize but not completely copy.  I want my world to be my own afterall.  So I think about the way he writes and how I can use it in my own world without it being obvious where it came from.  There are some ideas I like but have chucked out the window as too similar.

There are also authors or series’ where I know what I have “stolen” for my world.  I have not taken it exactly from this other source but I see the influence and if someone has read those works they might see it in mine.

Still world building takes time.  I have been working on mine on and off for fifteen years.  Of course recently is when it really began to take shape and become my own instead of copying one of the books I have been influenced by.  There is much to do yet and much that is finished.  It is time consuming and currently taking away from my writing.  It is also going to force me to really edit the two novels I have written to make sure they fit in what I create.