When Your Own Bad Writing Makes You Sick

Ever look back and read work you’ve done in the past to realize it sucks so bad you almost feel physically ill?

Yep, that happened to me in a big way Sunday. The previous week my son started school on Wednesday, so I started working on my new novel with gusto (I’d been waiting all summer to start!), but realized I had some background information and research that needed to be done first. Then I got the bright idea to read the half completed first draft of my second novel (Dark Territories) over the weekend. God, what a horrible, awful, terrible disappointment that turned out to be.

I couldn’t even get all the way through two chapters before I decided I’d had enough, because I was real close to vomiting. Yeah, it was that bad. And I can’t even pinpoint one specific thing that was terrible. There was a well balanced amount of terribleness from stiff and completely out of character dialogue to plot leaps that would make a mountain goat proud. There were tie-ins from one story arc to another that left me wondering exactly how much I had to drink that day. And please don’t even get me started on my long windedness. I could probably make a schooner set sail with all that blustering air moving about in each scene.

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Two Short Stories Worth Reading

In the year of 2011, I headed up a project for our writer’s group. It was a collaboration of 12 authors who came together with the common goal of compiling an anthology of short stories with a theme of December 32nd. It was a wonderful experience that lead me to deeper friendships with already great friends and gave me a new appreciation for the writing process. The project was a roller-coaster of deadlines, successes, critiques, correspondence and working towards a common goal. Unfortunately the anthology project disbanded at the beginning of 2012, because of conflicting goals and writing processes, but out of the experience came something unexpected.

The project helped create a great fire deep within most of the participants. People found they no longer needed the push of a group project, but felt they could keep the flame lit all on their own. I know of at least 2 participants who recently finished and published their anthology stories (and others who are striving to do the same thing). So I want to give out a huge shout of congratulations to Roxanne Crouse and Candi Byrne. You can find their stories online now through kindle at Amazon.

Fortune By: Roxanne Crouse
If you received a fortune cookie that said you were going to die, what would you do? Unlucky Sarah goes on a hunt to find out who gave her the fortune and why. What she discovers will change her forever.

Fortune is an 11,000 word story that will keep you at the edge of your seat. YA and adult fiction fans alike will enjoy the ride this story will take you on. You won’t be able to put it down. 

For the Record By: Candi Byrne
When Bridgit O’Rourke learns her 2 1/2-year-old grandson, Piper, may be carrying a genetic time bomb, she initiates a search for her birth mother, hoping to find clues to Piper’s mysterious illness.

Bridgit’s anguish and frustration amplify when she’s faced with legal and ethical roadblocks and denied access to the information in her sealed adoption records. Desperate to save Piper, Bridgit circumvents the system, shocking herself at the lengths she’ll go for Piper…for her family…for the record.

Congratulation ladies! Keep up the wonderful work! And I anxiously await for when more of the anthology project participants get their stories out there too!