Sunday, August 15, 2010

That Depressing Moment

Two months ago I finished the first draft of The Mystery of the Garden. I recently heard from my publisher at MUP.

This morning I read the words of crime writer Val McDermid, in The Age:
Q: What's the scariest place in the process of writing a book? Is it before you start? When it's published? When you get stuck in the middle?

A: When I finish the first draft. There's that depressing moment of knowing this is as good as I can get it and that it's just not good enough.
Well, amen to that, Val.

7 comments:

Gondal-girl said...

but surely after that moment, some breath and then the clarity to shape even better? I hope so...

Damon Young said...

Yes, absolutely.

And as much as I fantasise about effortless, breezy books, I can't imagine them any other way.

Or my career, for that matter...

Elisabeth said...

I'm in the same dark hole with my thesis, Damon. My commiserations to you. Still I'm sure although it may not seem good enough to you, it will be to others. Just a little tweaking to do, perhaps. If at all.

Peter Fyfe said...

This is as good as I can get it [at the moment] and that it's just not good enough [yet].

I think I begin [just begin] to imagine how those intrepid explorers might have felt having crossed a seemingly unending ocean to discover dry land... only realise there is another seemingly unending trek ahead to find potable water... [fully sic?]

Damon Young said...

E: It's less a dark hole, and more like a long, dull conversation with a boring dinner party guest. Only the guest is me.

PF: Beam me up.

Rachel Fenton said...

It's like childbirth - you need to let enough time pass to forget the pain and then you go and have another one (draft) and it's slightly easier than the first but you don't love it any less.

Best of luck/motivation with the re-drafting.

Damon Young said...

RF: Well put. But I think I am both mother, father and baby. (Well, certainly infantile.)