A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the fact that, halfway through writing a book, writers always thinks what they’re writing is complete rubbish. I know this to be true since lots of writers have contacted me to say, “Exactly!”
But what I’m wondering now is – if writers always feel that way, how do you know if what you’re writing actually IS rubbish? Presumably sometimes it must be. How do you tell the difference between the typical ‘this is rubbish’ stage and a book that actually is rubbish?
I’m rewriting a book at the moment. Actually, that’s not true, I’m thinking about rewriting a book, but doing pretty much anything other than actually opening the file. Which brings me to my second point – how do you know when you’ve stopped “percolating” and started procrastinating?
They’re not rhetorical questions, by the way. I don’t have any insights to offer. I’m really hoping someone will help me out. Although now I am wondering if I’ve answered my own question – if I think what I’m writing is rubbish and I’m doing anything to avoid working on it… maybe that’s all I need to know. Unless this is just another stage…