Wannabe Writers is a meme created by Sarah of Confessions of the Un-published!
One of my goals right now is to move my literary ambitions out of the box and onto the shelf, by which I mean that I no longer want to ignore how much I enjoy writing. I love the idea of this meme, and I'll quote from Sarah's post here:
I often find myself searching the web for information during my struggles as a new writer. So I wanted to start a place where us future young-adult authors can come together to ask those questions, share our stories, and get feedback.
I'm going to be offline for the day, but I will read your lovely comments and get back to y'all on your blogs ASAP next week. :-)
Where I am in the writing process: I'm in the middle of Draft 5 of Novel #1...it's slow going. That thing that threw me off track last week is over, but I've been creatively brain-dead ever since. It feels like everything I tried to write was stilted, so I threw in the towel (temporarily) and just read all week instead.
My current problems: Not really any since I didn't write much.
Question(s) this week: When do you drop a story line, give up and move on to something new?
I think there comes a point when, as a writer, you realize that you can't do anything with your story. Maybe it was too weak to begin with, maybe you're not strong enough right now to work with it, but...you just know. It's too hard to squeeze the story out; the words come out wrong and fall flat on the page. When it doesn't work, you'll know. If it's the right storyline, I think there'll be days when you can't write a single decent word, but there will also be days when your fingers fly across the keys. If you're not inspired, if it's tedious instead of enjoyable (even in that weird, horrible way that makes writers so happy), then that's when you drop it, at least temporarily.
Keep notes about your thoughts and ideas for that line. Maybe you'll come back to it someday or it will serve as inspiration for a scene somewhere.