Originally Posted by Leisha
If you know where the rough points are in your manuscript, surely you can chip away at them and polish it until you're left with the diamond underneath. I think it's writers that don't know where they're going wrong that won't ever improve. Surely the fact that you're seeing these errors means you've got a hope of fixing them.
I'm a firm believer that if you love your story, it will show through in your writing. Perhaps, since you've always loved that particular tale so much, it's time to listen to what it's telling you and edit. You could even retell it again, starting with a fresh, blank page. Your experience will have improved your writing, so maybe this next rewrite will give you a story you have faith in; the baseline of the tale obviously has something which appeals to you.
Just a thought!
I am not the same person that wrote that story, certainly not the same writer. I have tried, but found I can't go back. And maybe it is best not too. You can never recapture a moment or time, no matter how you try. That story belongs to a younger and pain-free me.
That's a fantastic achievement; you've took them somewhere else and introduced them to people they'd never have known otherwise. So yes, good work, I say! Well done.
Thank you. I am proud of selling the stories.
Yes, maybe I am being a bit defeatist, maybe the vibes will trickle down and hold me back, but in my opinion it is not just telling the world how good you are, it is showing them. And at present I have not produced a novel length work that shows them this, and perhaps I never will. I personally need to face the fact I might not make it so I can keep on trying. Sounds stupid I know.