Thursday, February 24, 2005

15,000

Getting the words out has been a struggle this week. I think it's because I'm rapidly approaching my first big landmark (fifty pages) on this little novel writing excursion. I'm giving my dad the pages to read when I reach that point, and I'm nervous about that. I've become fully convinced in the last few days that my writing is rather crap. I recently finished reading a book (not the one mentioned in my last post) that, despite having made the NY Times Notable list, was full of cliches and boring plot points (what few plot points there were) and even though it was about a potentially very moving topic, it left me totally cold. I worry about this with my own stories. I tend to write about serious, emotional things, but my word choices can distance the reader, I think. Not entirely sure what to do about this because my style seems to be pretty well established by this point, but it's something I'd like to work on regardless.

4 comments:

Jericho Joy said...

Lindsey,
I like reading your posts. This is rather like a family reunion, isn't it? Too fun! Good luck with your novel--I wish I had a book in me but I just don't think it's gonna happen.

Doug Worgul said...

Bring it, Girl. You got nothing to fear.

Geoff Moore said...

i'm envious that you get to be as refined and educated as you want in your writing--you should embrace that! we get producers telling us things like 'can you dumb this down a little bit? it sounds a little too intellectual.'

Claire said...

I'm sure your novel is going to be great - it's natural to doubt yourself I would imagine there are very few people who don't doubt themselves especially when it comes to their talents but just from your blog it's clear you are a great writer.