This is a bit of a different kind of Wednesday WIP. I have to ask a question that's been weighing heavily on my heart. How do you know when your novel is not working? Is there a number of times that you open and close the document? Is it a feeling in your gut?
Tunnel Vision, my nano project, is completed. There is a beginning, middle and end. It had problems, like all rough drafts. I blogged about it, cried, screamed....Then I had a shining light of hope. Then I didn't like it again. I blogged about it, cried, screamed...and I let it sit. I've let it sit for a couple of months. I printed it out and decided to give it another chance. This time, I told myself, I would just read through it. No editing. No re-writing. Appreciate the story.
That. Is. Hard.
No, let me re-phrase this...That is impossible. Impossible. Not even close to achievable. Seriously.
So, I allowed myself small corrections/edits...whatever. Okay?
I really hate it. I don't feel the characters, I don't feel the story....I just don't like it. My BFF loves what she's been able to read of it. She is quite possibly ready to strangle me if I don't like what I write. Another person, an online writing friend, read it in one night. She knew it needed work, loved the story.
I still really hate it. So, do I put it away, save it and know that maybe someday I will love it too? Or, do I work on it, keep sweating over it to perfect it? Is it giving up if I put it away?
I read an interview, and I can't reference it because I don't remember where I ran across it, and the author said that the key is to FINISH. Always FINISH the novel. Does that mean the rough draft? I need to be a writer. I feel the need in my blood every time I think of quitting.
So, tell me Cool Kids...what to do?