Masters tales

Should you love what you write?

I was at a workshop the other day and reading out my work. Okay, I must admit I was thoroughly enjoying myself. True it was a bit rough in places being the first draft but the criticism I found odd.

I did make sure everyone knew it was a first draft but they did criticize the finish. Which was fine – I knew there was a problem. Then one said – Don’t worry, it’s only because you love the story.

I gave a quizzical look. Then the second nodded sagely and said that you didn’t understand the construction until you were tired of your work.

So – I answered – I need to hate the text to get a better finish.

They nodded.

But is this true. Is a story not complete until you have gone over it so much that you can’t stand the sight of it? I really hope not.

The odd thing is that I’m not sure I will ever hate the story I am writing. Even if I have to go over it 20 times. But when is too much? I want my story to be the best but not over-worked.

I think I’m just going to have to work it as much as I think it needs. After all, I’m not looking for perfection, just a good story told well. 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Should you love what you write?

  1. I don’t think I could hate anything I write. It you can’t like it yourself, how can you expect anyone else to. I think it’s more of a personality thing. I have looked back upon some of my older stuff and thought, oh my god! But I haven’t hated it. I understand, back then, I saw things from a different perspective that’s all.

    1. I know. I was shocked that the people at the workshop thought this was a known writing process. That you have to not like your work by the time it’s finished. I love all the things I write. Okay, maybe there are a couple I only like, but I don’t hate anything.

  2. I have to say this isn’t new to me. Everyone’s process is different but I am one of those writers who knows a story is done by how much it makes me want to puke haha. This has nothing to do with me coming to a point where I think it’s not any good but it has to do with how much time I’ve spent working on it, too much probably, and when I get to the point where I really can’t stand the sight of it anymore, I usually know it’s time to let it go. Hope this offered some more perspective and you don’t think I’m crazy.

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