Yesterday, after a few word wars, I finally achieved 30,000 words on Tiger Eye. It’s a big milestone for many writers as some ideas simply fall flat before you get 1/3 of the way through a projected word count.
I’m pretty happy with things so far. I’ve got notes on some improvements–mostly that my character is too passive in some instances and I need to do some research to fill in some gaps. But that’s fine. This is draft 0 (zero) meaning that no one else but me is going to see it. It’s only after some edits and filling in the blanks, fluffing some details and killing some darlings that I’ll let any one beta it. But that is still months maybe even a year out.
Right now, I’m still in love with the story but the hating phase is approaching quickly.
If you ask any novel writer, they will mostly say there is a point where they begin to hate writing the story. It becomes a struggle to put words on the page and a writer begins to doubt themselves and their story. The hating phase usually occurs about half way through (somewhere around the 50,000 word mark) and can last until the writer sees the end of the story in sight (70,000 words or so).
I’m hoping that things will be different with this one. Of the two novels I’ve written, the first one had a long hate phase and the second a short one. I’m hoping most of my issues was not knowing exactly where the story was going and having to discover where it led. I’m doing well with my modified outlining on Tiger Eye. I’m keeping with 2 scenes per chapter and giving things a bit of structure (outlining) as I start a new chapter. It’s keeping me on track and keeping ideas fresh in my mind.
So what’s your ideas on the Hate phase? Do you hate some of your work? How do you get around it?
Thanks for reading!