We’re excited to welcome Kate Moretti as our guest today. Kate is a New York Times bestselling author of women’s fiction and suspense novels. Her newest novel The Vanishing Year (Atria/S&S, September 2016) is available wherever books are sold. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.
I always thought that real writers had this thing nailed. That if I was struggling, it meant that I was a hack, an amateur. But sometimes it feels the more I write, the harder this thing gets, which I think just means I’m learning. The book I handed in was 4 POVs, two colliding timelines and I couldn’t tell if I’d made a mess of it or if the challenge meant that it was the best thing I’d ever done. I was inspired to write about what I came to call my Monster Book because I now know that I’m not alone. Some stories fly out of you, almost writing themselves and others are monsters and both ends of the spectrum are okay. It means nothing about you, as a writer. At least, this is what I tell myself.
The Book Monster: When Writing Gets Hard
I’ve heard other writers say this: eventually you’ll struggle with a book. The plot will unravel, the characters will elude you, the theme will mishmash until you’re wondering what you were trying to say in the first place.
I just turned in my fourth novel, and I’m so happy to be rid of the Book Monster.
Nothing came easily. Maybe it’s a sign that I wasn’t supposed to write this book. Maybe I should have put it away, stuck it in a drawer, left to gather dust for a few years until all the flaws were clear. But, I was on a deadline and this was the book I used to want to write, back when I wanted to write anything, which honestly felt like eons ago.
There are signs you’re writing a book monster, you know. In some ways, it can vague, kind of Supreme-Court-you’ll-know-it-when-you-see-it. You’re one-hundred pages in and what used to feel easy suddenly feels like slog. Is it just the murky middle…Or something more? [Read more…]