As the title says, my story Toini Comes Home is now done. It’s only the first draft, and there won’t be a second. I’m done with it.
The idea for the story is good. I love the main character. Some of the scenes are pretty good. I think I learned a bit from writing this one.
Unfortunately, it’s not particularly good, and I don’t like it.
I’ve read it, and I have a few ideas about why I’m unhappy with it.
- It’s too long. Most of the story is really back story and world building. There’s a lot of jumping around between different parts of the Toini’s past and I think it will get a bit disjointed.
- The reader doesn’t really know the main character. The side of Toini that’s shown in this story is the side that’s hidden underneath and which doesn’t usually come through to the surface. She’s not her normal self, but since the reader doesn’t know her, they can’t really tell.
- It’s too long. It takes too long to get to the point, and even then the point is poorly made.
I’m sure there are other issues as well. I’ve asked a few friends to read and comment on it and I look forward to hearing what they have to say – even if it won’t be flattering. I hope to learn something. That would be good. It’d mean spending all this time writing the story won’t be a waste of time.
There’s a saying that goes something like “no writing is wasted writing” and I’d like to think that’s true. I’ve had some practice. I’ve been able to refine my technical skills a little and I’ve had time to ponder a few things relating to my writing.
There’s a new decision to be made though: To NaNo or not to NaNo?
I’ve always been of the opinion that the NaNoWriMo isn’t my thing. 50k words in a month is too much for me. This last story I wrote is just 30k words, and it took me 8 months to write.
So no, writing fast isn’t my thing. But, I also need to do something about the rate at which I write. A novella a year just doesn’t cut it. Trying to rush out 1,000 words a day and more on the weekend may be a good way of getting some practice.
Doing the maths, November has 30 days, and I work 20 of those. 1k each working day means 3k on my weekend. I’m not sure I can do it, but I’m sort of working myself up to giving it a go anyway.
I just need to pick a character and decide on a story. I don’t want to use any of my “good” characters for this.