I told my new writer friend, Rhiann, I'd participate in her blog hop today. I'm supposed to blog about something that inspires my writing, and while there are a lot of things that inspire me nothing beats being told I suck. Last night I spent a few minutes cutting most of my first chapter because it was too slow, too telling, too this, too that. I spent even more time trying to come up with the perfect first line. After lots of brainstorming and almost wanting to cry, I'm finally happy with my new first chapter. I hope whoever reads it will be, too. Truthfully, the one thing that scares me the most about being an aspiring author is the uncertainty.
We spend so much time slaving over sentences, paragraphs, scenes, and chapters. And at the end of it all, once we've completed yet another draft, we still don't know if all that hard work was even worth it. That said, after reading a free e-book, I took the time to write down my vision.
Vision: To write and publish great novels that inspire and evoke emotion in the reader.
So when I'm feeling down and questioning whether all of this cutting and rewriting will even make much of a difference, I'll try to remember why I write in the first place.
Do you have a vision? Have you written it down?