welcome to my blog

welcome to my blog

i'm Michelle Gregory, a 55-year-old wife, mom, Jesus-follower, beginning French learner, and Arizona native who moved to Montana 6 years ago (yeah--that was a huge change). i collect way too many craft supplies (and occasionally use them), spend way too much time on Instagram and Facebook, obsessively check my email, and own 2 horses, 2 dogs, and 1 very large black cat. i've been working on the sequel to my one fantasy novel for 9 years (don't you feel better now?). i haven't done anything here for a long time, but maybe jumping back into blogging will get the writer side of my brain humming again.

all of that may be more than you wanted to know, but anyway...

November 15, 2008

back and forth

Dear Characters,
I'm ready to delete your story. I think it's garbage. I'm in the dreaded "20,000's." Things are not going the way I planned. I wonder why I ever started.

Michelle

Dear Michelle,
We can forgive the aimless plot and clunky dialogue. We can even forgive what you're putting us through. What we will not forgive, however, is you quitting.

If you don't finish this story, we won't know what happens. We can't live without resolution. Please finish. We know you can do it. Somehow you did it before and the results were good. We know you can write a story, so please finish this one.

Sincerely,
Your characters

3 comments:

Sombra said...

Isn't the editing process supposed to come LATER.. Keep writing, delete the parts you don't like later.. rewrite the parts you don't like - BUT DO NOT QUIT. Myles is looking forward to reading the next book, and he wants to know if you're going to turn it into a movie.

DON"T QUIT! My boy needs a new book to read!

Hugs
Sombra

Donetta said...

It sounds like your characters really need you to continue. I can sure understand though. I feel like quitting making jewelry after this weekend.Hang in there . Remember maybe your tired.

A Musing Mom said...

Thanks for sharing those letters. Now listen to your characters - they're right. And since I would have written the same letter to mine, I'm going to guess my characters would have answered me as yours did. Let's keep going and get their stories told! We can do it!