Friday, 30 April 2010

Klingon Books

I'm not sure if any of you other writers out there have these, but I have this book that I've been writing on and off since 2007--since Nanowrite of that year actually (not constantly but I keep going back to it for a week here or there and then abandonning it). This book simply won't let go of me. Over the years I'd have easily written 70-80,000 words on it, counting the many deletions and different versions of it. Yet what do I have when I look at this manuscript? Zippo. Absolutely nothing of interest is occuring between the couple. He's too nice and she's too whiny. They're on a tropical island and at some stage they'd probably have sex if I ever made it to that part, but for the entirety of the 2.5 years I've been fiddling with this book they've basically been arguing, eating, arguing again, going for a swim, lusting after each other in secret and then you guessed it, arguing. I don't know why I keep fiddling with it, perhaps it's my stubbornness. I feel that I should just be able to make the ms work because it's a very basic, friendship becomes affair becomes relationship story, but no matter what I do, it just doesn't.

I'm starting to think perhaps this couple simply doesn't belong together. They're boring me, so I wouldn't inflict them on an honest reader for the world. The problem is I don't know how to kick them out of my life--or off my hard drive. Sounds easy in theory but I feel like if I delete this limping ailment of a manuscript, the second it's gone I'll think of some brilliant plot idea that will make it magic.

I don't hoarde objects in my house, but I hoarde old defunct books on my hard drive. How do I cure myself of this bad habit?

(On the house front it looks like all is going ahead and we're officially moving in June. Well, that's a lot to think about isn't it?)



  1. Woo Hoo on the new house :)

    Don't delete the ms. Okay so the book isn't working, but you never know when you might be able to grab a chapter or two and adapt it for another book. Just cross it off the mental list and forget about it.


  2. I agree with Cait. Don't delete it, you never know when you can draw on a chapter or two. Put it aside. Moving in June. wow. Can I ask, is it to another city or nearby. :)

    Suz :)

  3. I agree. I had one of those klingon books that I'd been writing on and off for about 5 years. I even changed the genre but still couldn't get there. Well, I finally finished it this year and cut it down from 85000 words to 40000 and you know what??? I STILL DON'T LIKE IT! hehehe But as Caitlyn and Suzanne said, don't delete it. You could use parts of it. I've done that, too!

  4. I'm moving only about 20km from where I am now Suz, but moving is still moving. The kids have to change schools and daycare too, so much to do for me.

    Thanks for the thoughts Kiss and Cait. I knew I wouldn't be alone in my pain!