Is three times a charm? Not necessarily when novel writing.
I’m into draft number three of the current novel in progress (NIP). I call it number three, but I’ve rewritten and rearranged the first five pages about one billion times, and do the same for the first fifty pages at least six million times.
Fast writer, aren’t I?
I suspect those numbers are exaggerations for effect, although it seems like they’re true. I know of some days when I undid when I did he previous day. Makes me think of the novel blues.
I woke up this morning with a gleam in my eye.
Had a masterpiece in my head, I will not tell a lie.
Rushed to the keyboard, to get it all down,
then the muses abandoned me, made me feel like a clown.
Oh, yeah, I have the stumbling through the story, struggling novelist blues.
And if you wrote like me, you’d probably be sufferin’ them too.
Come on, sing along as you write.
As with everything writing, I remain mostly passionate and hopeful, depending upon the hour, day of the week, which way the wind is blowing, and other important portends such as a crow cawing from the top of a tree.
Got my coffee. Time to continue writing like crazy.