I have none.
I’m working on the rewrite of “Crown of Thorns,” and literally pulling my hair out over it. When will I be done? Why am I having trouble thinking? Why aren’t my characters being total blabbermouths? Can’t I work on something quicker? Does this really have to be this long??
And to top it off, today I am questioning the concept of being “done” with a work. Someone said a novel was like writing a life. I thought, Well, then, are you done ONLY when they die? And subsequently, Does this mean I’ll be writing this fricken’ book forever???
In writing short stories, you are finished when the conflict is solved. Obviously this holds true for a novel to some extent, but if that was the only factor, we wouldn’t have novels. (We’d have short stories.)
And, how do you “write a life” and make it exciting? I don’t know about you, but there are portions of my life that, if someone were watching it on T.V., they’d fast forward DAYS at a TIME just to skip the boredom. (Or they’d go grab a couple of sharpened #2 pencils. I’m not boring enough to warrant dull ones…)
I want this thing done now. I want to understand what the Hell I’m failing at to make my word-count decent (40k? Pretty pretty please with lots of sugar? [I’m currently at 23k]). I want to be able to read through my manuscript and not second-guess myself. I want to be able to see where I need to add detail/plot/character development/beans/elephants/etcetera. I want to have the confidence to stay away from the delete button. I want to understand the difference between “essential story/essential detail” in short stories and in novels.
I want to have patience with myself.