Sometimes it’s difficult reaching those pivotal moments in a manuscript. You know the ones. Where if you screw up the reader will be throwing the book across the room, screaming about how they can’t believe a writer could write such crap after they’ve read over 200 pages, only to be let down?
Yeah, I’m at that moment.
So what’s a writer to do?
For each of us I think this process varies. Mine goes something like this: I let thoughts simmer, then write a little. Let the thoughts simmer some more, reread what I’ve written since pulling into hesitation station, and delete half of it.
Occasionally, I take some time to to enjoy that feeling of wanting to pull my hair out mixed with the urge to bang my head against the wall. After that, comes more thought and then–shock and awe–words. Real ones, and lots of them. All hopefully spectacular, flowing through my fingers as if I never pulled into the station at all.
I say sort of, because there are critiques to apply, edits to complete: grammar, punctuation, simple–small rewrites (crossing fingers for that one), identifying areas in the manuscript that need strengthening of descriptions/characters, or sometimes reigning them in. Next comes the first read through, then betas, which hopefully come back clean. More read throughs, getting down a query letter and a synopsis. Until finally the big day, submissions!
Hmm, I guess I’ve a long way to go. I suppose there’s no reason to sit idle at the hesitation station.
What’s your process during pivotal moments in your writing? For readers, what books have the best moments and what are some that fell flat?