Wednesday, July 30, 2014
That novel I've been working on forever
I glanced at the novel I'd been working on forever (it seems).
It was not good.
Actually, it was disheartening .
The concept is fine. Some of the action sequences work well, as do some of the sections of dialogue. But parts of the story are dated - not surprising because I started it so long ago. The transitions and descriptive details are often weak. It's too preachy - dwelling too much on the ideas and not developed as a story. Sort of like those bad but sincere Christian movies.
It may still see the light of day, but boy, would it need work. Perhaps I need to take it to a workshop for guidance.
I've had far more success with poetry and plays. Maybe those are what I need to focus more on.
I certainly seem to have the attention span for shorter works; I get bored when dealing with long pieces or sustained efforts. Perhaps that's one reason why I was successful as a journalist.
Pax et bonum