Some Writing Headaches
Many will argue which is the bigger headache. But both are important and bring pressure. You need to grab readers quickly, but you also don't want to leave them with a bad taste in their mouths.
Characters With a Mind of Their Own
I try to bend characters to my story and my will. Every now and again, a character will have no part of it. Then you face two roads: force a showdown or see where they lead. (I try to follow most of the time.)
Do you cross genres or stay true to one? I tend to avoid labels, so this one is particularly tough for me. For more of my thoughts on this, read my I am Woman Hear Me Road, for Shoes? post.
For my G post, I discussed the importance of grammar and editing. But when do you stop? I truly believe you can edit from now until the end of time. At some point you have to own it and let it go.
I loved the premise of our novel, Depression Cookies. In fact, I could talk about it all day long and in great detail. But I found narrowing down 543 pages into a reader-catching blurb near to impossible.
Your only shot at that coveted first impression. Although I do wonder if the cover's power is slightly diminished by Amazon. It was one thing when people browsed covers in a bookstore, not so sure people browse covers online. Am I wrong?
Dreaded Writer's Block
Or what I like to call... Life. Sometimes, no matter how great the idea or the passion, the words will not come.
At least these headaches lead to a better product in most cases, so maybe the post should have been called Helpful Headaches. Of course, the only way to ease the headache is to face it head on, no pun intended.
What headaches do you find in the writing process?
I hope you'll be back for some more Blogging from A to Z fun. Tomorrow is Isn't It Ironic? = I.