On my last MS, I had my friends and CP's reading as I went - kind of. (Yes, I know that sentence was very clear!) Then, when I got a job teaching computers at a school, writing had to go to the back burner as I tried to find balance. Recently I've had a lot of CP's asking if I'd finished my MS because they want to finish reading it. Yeah - they liked it!
So, I opened it up to read it. Thought maybe I should pick it back up.
NO! I think my CP's were just being nice.
Oh man! It was horrible! Or maybe I was having a down day with myself, I don't know, but for now I've decided to put that MS on the shelf. I still love the story. There are some plot holes to fill, but mostly I think the writing could be better. I really do hope to return to that story one day but for now - we're taking a break!
When I first realized how awful it was, I was totally depressed. Like, crying-to-my-husband, I-suck, kind of depressed. LOL.
BUT... I started to remember all the stories of my friends (you guys) of times when you've shelved an MS because you didn't think it was up to snuff. Or the amount of time and/or stress you've put into your work. And now, so many of you are celebrating SUCCESS! I love it It has buoyed me up to realize that we all need time to learn and grow.
Writing is a craft that we can constantly learn about and practice... so maybe I don't totally suck. Maybe I'm just normal.
Right now I'm writing a New Adult Contemporary novel as well as a YA romantic comedy collab. They are both so much fun and completely different from the YA fantasy I started out with, but they are helping me learn, grow and broaden my horizons!
What are you working on? Have you ever decided to shelve an MS?