L is for Losing Steam
It was actually to be expected. The first week of the A-Z Challenge there’s always a flurry of comments everywhere. Everyone is excited, enthused, energetic, full of good intentions to get around to as many blogs as they possibly can. Then the second week hits and the wear and tear of posting every day combined with the insurmountable task of visiting all of these participating blogs starts to drain the zeal, and comments fall off. Monday will be the Challenge mid-way point and if the pattern holds true, the trend of evaporating comments will continue through the next couple weeks.
I’ve also heard a few writers talk about how they’ve sometimes lost steam in the middle of writing a manuscript and ended up abandoning it for a new “shiny idea”. This is a foreign concept to me and I have difficulty wrapping my head around it. I’ve written three books and I’ve maintained the same level of intensity towards each all the way through. I outline heavily before I begin a book (yes…I’m a plotter), so maybe that’s why I never experience this problem, but is it really a plotter versus pantser issue? What do you think?
Something that I have started doing is giving up on books I’m reading before I reached the conclusion, and that only started after I began writing again. I’ve found I have less patience for shoddy writing and key plot twists that are totally unbelievable – and you know why – because I have a greater appreciation for the effort it takes write a cohesive story and it rubs me raw when I come across lazy plotting or easy contrivances.
Any other examples of losing steam you can think of?
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