Some years ago I wrote my anthology and completed it. But - and this drove Husband bonkers - although I had finished it, I wasn't happy with it. To him, the writing was fine, but every time I read through it, I wasn't satisfied.
This anthology consists of over thirty light-hearted anecdotal articles written over the years, roughly following my life. I love the idea, and I was told, many, many times, by my old writing tutor as well as family, that I should publish them. I was told many times, too, that I should have published them by now, but I couldn't let it go the way they were. I think I was right in thinking that.
But now I'm back to it again! I'm working through my epic novel - now that really is a massive job - and that, again, is something that must be worked through, and can drive me bonkers. I've grown disenchanted on occasion by not having this particular writing OUT and working for me. Right, I thought - for goodness sake, get the darn anthology sorted! At least that's short (compared to the novel), and finishable. So that's what I'm doing. I'm going to get results fairly quickly, as opposed to editing the novel, which is taking forever, because that's the nature of the beast.
So, this is a tip for all of us who are writing/editing huge, epic novels, the work of which is giving us constant grief - have a break and work on something different, if just for a moment. Write a poem, a short story, an article. Do some artwork. Anything for a break. If only for fun.
So, is there anyone else writing a ridiculously long, epic novel? How's it going? I'd love to hear from you.