Stuck again

I'm preparing my manuscript to send into a contest. It's only the first couple of chapters, but you'd think my life depended on the judging of this particular entry the way I keep going back over these same chapters.

I'm to a point where the scene I'm writing feels forced. Have you ever experienced that? For me, that's when I know it's not working. If it didn't flow from my pen or through my fingers easily, then it doesn't read well and it can't stay. Unfortunately, it's taken me about a week to realize: It's not working!

So I've changed a supporting character's name. You may wonder what that has to do with anything, but that's a longer story that I won't get into just now. You see, this is a revision I'm working on. So, I'm going to the original draft (which at first I thought wasn't so good, but now I'm thinking it really had something special and its finished!) to pull some scenes from there and rework. I'm praying I'll get my flow back, that I'll perfect those first couple of chapters to attach to my email and hit the send button.

I'm praying for help with this one. Praying I'll be listening when He tells me in His way, its not working.

One good thing has come from my writing stumble... I started a new book today. It's Writing For The Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins.

I loved the Left Behind series. Mr. Jenkins opens with how the series started and those initial meetings with his agent Rick Christian and Dr. Tim LaHaye. So far, it's a very interesting and an easy read. I'm hoping to be inspired and learn something from this seasoned and successful author!


Hang in there, Christy. You'll get past all these "stuck" places. Sometimes we get stuck so God can speak to us and we can better hear Him.
Hi Jennifer!
Thank you for the advice, and you're right. This morning I opened up the computer, reworked a scene and it was better. I'm putting the car in drive and I'm on the road again. Till the next roadblock. But I'll keep my heart open for His direction.
Belinda said…
Your writing is so naturally good. Keep plugging away, but don't lose your voice.
What contest are you entering? (At least now we don't have to worry about Missy being a finalist--she can't enter!!)
Missy knows I"m saying this with the utmost respect.
Thanks so much for your praise Lindi! I'm perfecting my first 2 chapters for the Genesis contest and then there are a couple through the FHL Link I think will be good to submit to. I may be calling on you for your valued reader's opinion!!

And I'm so excited for Missy. I'll be glad when I can say the same thing about you and contests!!!
Belinda said…
You changed your blog. I like it!!
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