Slaying the Dragon by Nancy Brophy
Posted by SeeJanePublish
How long do you stare at a blank computer screen before you give up for the day? Everyone has a process of learning not to quit. Somewhere in every story, usually around the midway point, I have to force myself to continue. If I don’t, I will never finish. As it is, I am the queen of 75 pages. (But those, I tell myself, are just future story ideas).
But by the time the halfway mark looms (usually between pages 185-220) my story has become a dog that chases its tail —circling, circling, circling in a never-ending cycle.
This is the point where a new story idea starts forming in my mind that’s going to be so much better than the one in progress.
My characters, who seemed so clear to me fifty pages earlier, now start to blur. My tangled plot has become hopeless. Self-doubt marches down the aisle looking for a lifetime hookup. And the pity-party reception follows.
Come. Join me. No need to bring a gift. I have a wealth of unused guilt and recriminations I’ll share with you. But after awhile, I kick my own butt and figure out a way to get around the wall in front of me.
And this is why I write. Nothing else gives me the sense of victory or accomplishment in my life. Like St. George, I have fought the dragon and won.
The sun shines again. And Stuart Smalley’s words come home to roost. I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!
Tell me how you solve this problem.
Really. I need to know.