I’ve always loved the joke that Software is never “released;” it *escapes* largely because it makes me thing of writing.
I first discovered the line when I was working toward my bachelor’s in journalism, and it’s how I felt about many of my articles.
But as a “professional” (albeit pre-published) writer, I’d like to get a little more credit for recognizing the (lack of) quality in my work.
Especially as a blogger I feel I’m aware of this: I publish a lot of stuff— sometimes on a daily basis— that varies in quality. I hope I put thought and feeling into everything, but my life is too busy to *angst* over every post, waiting and wondering if it’s “ready.”
Obviously, I must break through the it’s-not-good-enough wall on a frequent basis. Or I wouldn’t have this many posts (pushing 450, believe it or not).
With my *limited* noveling hours anyone concerned may rest assured that I am not obsessing for hours about one page, waiting until I’ve gotten it “perfect” before I will unveil it for criticism.
Mainly I make sure I read-through/revise at least once, applying my own critical eye before I subject myself to others’.
The difficulty, I would guess, is that we have all read and heard (and regurgitated what we’ve read and heard) about people “never being ready” and needing to just do it whether or not they *feel* like it.
Surely there are times when “It’s not ready” (like “I’m overweight”) is simply a statement of truth, not an exhibition of insecurity or call for encouragement and reassurances.
I recently discovered a major character has a child born out of wedlock, and while that has clarified a bunch of issues and motivations, its also requires significant re-writing, again delaying its availability for general criticism.
Sorry, it’s just not ready yet.
Though if someone wants to read a first chapter… we might be able to work something out.
Don’t you even worry about that. You keep plugging away.
The hardest thing about your writing is the daily-ness of it. You’ll get there. You’ll see!
I’m excited to see the finished product. Is the first chapter the same as the one you sent me, or has it morphed into something else, as some first chapters do?
Happy writing to you!
The chapter I’m willing to show has grown out of the one you already saw.
It still takes place in the inn, but the big dark stranger is somewhere else at the time and instead of him you meet a different major character and the step-mother along with the protagonist.