Trying not to murder all the characters in my mystery (Melissa Robbins)

What is the hardest part about writing?  Not the actual writing.  That’s easy.  I love to write about my characters to see what wonderful adventures they get themselves into.  I have done that since I was a kid. 

The hard part comes in when I have to create the stories the rest of the planet wants to read.  I dread the editing part, but if I want to be published, it has to be done.  Writing is no longer fun and becomes work.  Imagine that, huh?  My characters start to annoy and pester me to the point I want to murder my entire ensemble just to be done with the process. 

During editing, the doubts and fears emerge.  “This story stinks.”  “No one would read this ridiculous story.”  If you are able to chase away those demons (good for you), hopefully you have a piece of work you can share with critique partners and submit to contests.  Then it gets even uglier when your fellow writers come back with feedback you would rather not hear.  For the most part, the feedback is helpful and makes your story even better.  

What is your hardest part of writing?


Penny Rader said...

Melissa, I'm always surprised by how what's easy for one writer is hard for another. I love that writing comes easily for you. I once had a critique partner who was just like that. Her excitement and joy were infectious.

I always thought there was something wrong with me because I struggle to get words on the page. For me, the fun part is trying to fix the words once they actually land on the page. That and research. Love to research.

Btw, your enthusiasm is infectious, too. I always feel better after I've been around you.

Melissa Robbins said...

Aw, thanks Penny. I needed that encouragement. ;0)

I love research too.

Joan Vincent said...

Doubt and fear are ruthless enemies. They rarely stay beaten down long but I've found the best weapon against them is the belief in my characters--in their story. I too write to see what my characters will get into, how they will survive. So push past the doubt and fear, Melissa. From what I have read of your writing you have great characters which you don't just believe in but about whom you are enthusiastic. So just write.