Wednesday, 5 June 2013
The circle of insecurity
So, I'm currently in the middle of edits and rewrites - and this is the little voice in my head:
"This novel's great... this novel's terrible... actually it's not bad... no it really is terrible..."
Sometimes I love it - the voice is compelling, there's tension and conflict. The characters are unique and interesting. And boy, I'm using fantastic vocabulary. I'm a genius!
And then, at other times, I think the story sucks, the characters too bizarre to be identified with, the premise is silly, someone must have told this story better and with more depth than I'm giving it, I'm not making my point clearly enough.
And all of this can happen within a few hours. The morning goes well and the words are flowing - but then I stop for lunch and suddenly I'm writing the worst novel in the whole of human history.
It's okay though, because tomorrow it'll be great again. It's a circle after all...