Writing Blindfolded


It’s been an interesting week.  Monday’s always get off to a good start with a Qi Gong session, which usually sets me up for the rest of the week, but I was nursing a sore throat.  The perfect excuse to binge-watch a season of Game of Thrones.

Writing Blind-2

The highlight of my week was my first-born novel being emailed back to me on Tuesday after an edit.  The feedback it came with is not only incredibly helpful but it gave me the wake-up call I needed.  It’s like I have been writing blindfolded.

Three years ago, I started with an idea that had been in my head for twenty-five years.  No plan, no plot, just an idea and I gave myself free rein to let the story unfold in any direction.  As I was seeing life from a more mature perspective, the idea took another turn when I became all consumed with my main character’s backstory.

Since then, if somebody asks me what the book is about, I give them the peripheral version, focussing on the main character’s life in the present time and bypassing the backstory altogether.   It is also evident the endless versions of the synopsis I have written.

I’m not sure how or why I allowed myself to become so blinkered, but I only needed one person to point out that ⅔ of my first-born novel is bogged down with backstory.  So it’s time to re-write with the blindfolds off.

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  1. that happens with a lot of us writers. My story wasn’t bogged down with backstory, but i was sure the editor was going to congratulate me for a polished manuscript and say she had hardly anything to work with. i was wrong. she pointed out so many things i had missed, from grammar, typos, spelling and other writing taboos, i was honestly embarrassed i hadn’t seen it before..

    1. Ahh yes… and my backstory wasn’t the only problem! My command of the English language is not as sound as I thought it was and… as for the commas… or rather the lack of them… hugely embarrassing! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Authors Inspirations is a great blog and one I will be reading a lot more of 🙂

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