Let’s preface this article by saying that this week has been hell, and it’s only Tuesday.
So what’s new in my twisted and, quite likely, disturbed head? Well, the first draft for Guns of Asgard – now with 100% less “linger” in the title – is done. I’ve got more scenes and such to add to it, so the work is still a ways from done, but the main story is done.
This story has been an odd roller coaster ride for me. I started the story by loving it, started to hate the thing part ways through, and enjoyed it again last night. Despite that, my biggest gripe with it remains; The story itself is unoriginal and – in a way – uninspired. The characters and elements of it are different, being that it uses characters from Norse mythology in a Western setting, but that’s it.
Once the first draft is done, I’ll let the call go out for Beta readers to give it a go over. After that, I’m uncertain as to what I’ll do with it. Perhaps, in the end, the beta reader feedback will dictate if I bother trying to take up a publication’s time with a submission or just post it here on my website.
No matter what, I’ll be thankful when this write is over with. I want to get to work on other projects and try to tell other, more inspired, stories. This one has felt like a stale cracker that just needed to be eaten.
As for progress, that’s improved. last night was the first night that I’ve been able to get a solid 1,000 words out in awhile. For that, at the very least, I am grateful. Now to see if I can replicate that with future projects, especially during the NaNoWriMo period.
We’ll see in the end, but for now, it’s time to just keep chuggin’ away and getting projects finished.
I’ve found that even if a story is uninspired, it can still be really great if the characters themselves are inspired. Not that you asked for my advice, but I’d suggest that, when you give the book to your beta readers, you ask them what they would like to have happened differently / what they would have done differently if they had written it. Then you can steal their ideas and use them! Muahahahahahahaha.
I’ll definitely keep that in mind, Michelle. ;)
Yeah, the characters and action are what I’m banking on with this story. Here’s hoping that gambit pays off.