How do I stay interested in the writing topics or story I’ve chosen?
Several times, during book signings, I’ve heard both friends and strangers drop this statement, “I lose interest in my story and don’t work on it. It’s boring.”
They go on to tell me how they were so excited that they had come up with an idea and started writing into the late hours of the night. This continued for a week and then something interrupted them; a big report at work, trip to see the relatives, or kid’s school projects.
These new writers met writer’s block for the first time. Most people begin to question if their initial writing topic was really that great. If they don’t want to continue to write it, who would want to read it?
The question, “How do I stay interested in the story I am writing?” makes me sad, the death of an unfinished story. It makes me wonder how many times a writer gave up on a masterpiece?
I think people are too negative toward their own writing. It’s from our soul and the most vulnerable parts of us. People are scared they are not good enough or their writing topics and stories won’t be interesting to anyone. The big reasons stories are left forgotten in a computer file are because of writer’s block and life. I’ll talk about the former in another post, as for the latter:
I’ve found that one of my novels has left me bored over the last six years and through ten different versions. I love the characters but the story is lacking. The story had no excitement or mystery to add to the dysfunctional family I had created.
Life also became distracting. I began writing this novel before moving to Alaska. I lost interest, becoming focused on my 3,000 mile move. The novel got lost in an, “Other Writing” file for two years. I prepared for the publication of Caged Eagles and Raining Gold In Windy Waterloo.
Last fall I decided to pull all my efforts into an eighth round. First, I started reading more mystery novels to inspire my imagination. I began to read David Baldacci‘s novels. They are full of mystery and political intrigue (my genre!). Reading the same style of book I wanted to write was very inspiring and helpful.
Secondly, some technical things needed to happen to the story itself. I moved the setting to Alaska. Since I had lived in the mysterious state the setting was concrete and I could build the character’s lives around that environment.
I deleted a main character. He added “clutter” to the story line because he was the third love interest of the main character. His small purpose was passed to another character, making the second character more colorful.
Last, I leave each section or chapter on a cliffhanger, leaving me wondering what happens next.
- Be passionate about what you’re writing. Without the inner spark, the story will die.
- Be confident that your story is one worth telling.
- Make difficult decisions about the story to keep it flowing. A slow moving, stagnant story is boring. Readers want action and excitement.
The answer to this question is specific to each person.
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