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That Was Not a Waste of Time

Writing is never a waste of time, right?

Oh man, I’m in the thick of rewrites, and at times I’ve wondered what point there was to writing that first draft. It took months of work, and now 2/3 of the story has to be completely rewritten. If you put the revisions side by side you’d never realize they’re the same story.

Was it a waste? It feels like it sometimes.

OK breathe deeply now.

Honestly, if I look back at the last few months, I can see I needed to go through that. I needed to find out if I had ideas big enough to fill a novel. I needed to find out that I could write one from start to finish. I needed to discover that I could stick to a regular writing schedule, and how much I could write in a day. I needed to wrangle the core story out of my muse’s cold dead fingers (this by far was the hardest part).

No it was not a waste. Not really. Now I need to finish this.

Have you ever felt frustrated by the progress you’re making?

P.S. Beta readers, estimated arrival date = mid to late January. Enjoy the holidays because I’m putting you to work soon my lovelies!

10 Comments

  1. Ahh yes. Writerly angst is pretty close to universal for us writers, in one form or another, isn’t it?

    I’ve never quite confronted this precise question: my first novel-in-waiting has gone through more revisions than I can remember, and I never hesitated to believe in it while I was writing it. I did, however, often have a post-hoc anxiety of wondering “is it any good?”. Typically, after careful consideration and disregarding my own personal love for it based on my long experience with it, I was forced to conclude that the answer was “no, not yet it isn’t”.

    Anyway, Good luck with the latest draft! I’m excited to hear how this story (i.e. your story; the story of the book as much as the story in the book) goes!

    1. T.S. Bazelli Author

      Thanks Stephen! So far it’s been manageable as long as I focus on small chunks at a time. If I look at the entire novel, I get scared because there’s so much more to go through. You know ,at least for the next novel, I’ll have this stuff all figured out.

      Oh yeah, I think we all wonder if our writing is any good 🙂

  2. “Have you ever felt frustrated by the progress you’re making?”

    LOL yes, and isn’t that funny/ironic? (Well, in retrospect it is, trust me.) But I’m very much at peace with all the “wasted” time I spent over the past year, discovering what it is I really want to write, and how I personally can best accomplish that. It’s been a frustrating process, but a vital one, so I simply don’t, can’t, regret it.

    Good luck with the revisions! I know you’re capable of making this book awesome. 😀

    1. T.S. Bazelli Author

      Thanks Kristan! Yes, there’s so much to be learned, and we learn so much better by making mistakes, as frustrating as it can be. It’s just all part of the journey. One step closer at a time… 🙂

  3. Of course I’ve felt frustrated with the progress; I feel it all the time. 😀 But the point is, I still drag myself to the writing desk and get my butt on the chair. I do waste time in checking emails or reading a new article calling it “research for a potential project,” but eventually that still small voice within keeps nagging that I must write! Then I duck. And I write.

    I am sure you’ll get along fine. I love your style and you’re a great writer. So keep at it! 🙂

    -BrownEyed

  4. NOT a waste of time. Not a waste of time. Not a waste of time.

    I wrote a poem long ago, comparing artists to dung beetles. It’s not so far off of a metaphor, we have to wade through a whole lot of crap, throw it out, and in its place, something clean, healthy and wonderful emerges.

    Craps good. The more crap the better. Means your working really hard. Means you’re a really good writer, who won’t settle for less then the best. 🙂

  5. Good luck with the revisions. I enjoy writing the first draft much more than the revisions (I have friends who feel the polar opposite); but it is partially this difficulty of measuring process that I find frustrating about revisions. I’m okay with the rewriting part and finding new parts of the story; although I may grind my teeth when I throw out one scene and place a new needed scene on the queue to write.

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