The Thrill Is Gone

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the March 1 posting of the IWSG will be Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!

My insecurity this month revolves around the fact that the second novel in my Kentucky Haints series, White Witch Magic, came out on February 21st. Well, I’m not insecure about that actually, that was pretty awesome, and it’s gotten some nice reviews and generally been well-received.

The thing is, I wrote the first and second book one right after another, a couple years ago. The story arc definitely needs a trilogy to be complete and wrap up the loose ends I left hanging at the end of the second book. I even know how I want to tie those ends up. However, I’ve written about a chapter of the third book so far and I’m feeling kinda bleh about the whole thing, just wanting to move on to something else.

I feel like if I put myself to the task I can probably complete the third book and wrap it up nicely. But I’m also wishing I wrote it when I wrote the other two, before the fire dwindled and my passion for the story dampened. Ugh. Have you ever found yourself in this situation? What did you do? Maybe simply working on the book will bring back my interest in the series. Goodness knows when I put my fingers to the keyboard and write, instead of procrastinating and whining, magical things happen.

March 1 Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

One thing I’ve learned for myself is to let sleeping dogs lie. I’ve tried to reawaken stories a couple times and discovered that if I had really wanted the story to come to fruition, I would have completed it and made more of it at the time. Not to mention the further back in my writing I go, the worse it is and the more work it needs to be brought up to my current self-standards.

However, I have taken scenes from scrapped stories, reworked them, and put them into new stories. It’s a very patchwork quilt method of writing. That’s why we keep a scrap box!

20 comments

  1. Maybe taking the elements that have to be tied up and the writing who new story around those loose end instead of the one you already had plan. You may find yourself naturally pulling some of old into it without fighting against yourself so much to write it. Time normally will help me. Put away stuff force self to write and then wait and go back. I don’t know really. Hope it works out for you.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

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  2. If the writer isn’t passionate about their material, then that can often come across to the reader. Perhaps an open-ended finale wouldn’t be as bad as you think? (Depends on the specifics of the story, obviously…)

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  3. You answered the question in the first part of the post with your answer in the second part. Should you force yourself to write the third book when you’re not feeling it? Maybe you should “let sleeping dogs lie.” If you have to force it, it won’t be as good as it could be. You can try what others suggest to rekindle the spirit, but maybe its best to move onto something else for now. If the story is there it will eventually call to you, and if your fans want to read it, they will demand it!

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  4. I wish I had advice for you on motivation to finish your trilogy. For indie pub authors I hear series is where it’s at. So maybe sales numbers can push you along!

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  5. I have found myself in that situation before. Once you start working on the story again, I think you’ll get back into it. It might take some time, though, so if you don’t feel the magic right away, just stick with it for a while.

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  6. Perhaps if you plot out that third book, reacquaint yourself with the characters and their world and maybe create a private Pinterest board for them, you’ll regain the spark to write it. If not, write that first draft and get it over with. There’s no such thing as a bad first draft, it’s job is to exist. You can always rewrite it to perfection later 🙂

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