Monday, August 29, 2011

Almost Dear John Letter To my Work-In-Progress

Dear W.I.P.,
I’m writing today to express my heartfelt apologies to you, my work-in-progress, Djinni. The beginning of our relationship started off rocky. I was at war with your protagonist. At the time, I feared we would never move past our differences to find a balance of mutual respect. However, with much effort we formed a bond, and we seemed to be heading into a mutually beneficial direction.

Now four months later, I realize that we haven’t been able to take our relationship to the next level. We have gotten stuck in the “friend zone” and have been unable to form a deeper union of—exclusivity.

While I feel you have many characters which I admire and respect. I feel our bond isn’t as strong as it should be given the amount of time we’ve spent together. This I fear is my fault. I know it is a clichรฉ to say, “It’s not you, it’s me,” but it is the truth. You are wonderful, dynamic, and possibly one of the best stories I’ve ever written.

Yet for all your wonderful attributes, I find I am unable to commit my heart and soul to just one manuscript at this time. To quote Sookie Stackhouse in Trueblood, “I love you both.”

For now I must be selfish and share my thoughts between you and your sibling work-in- progress, Hound of Annwyn. Who is in need of tender loving revision. I’m sorry I’m taking time away from you when you need me most. Please forgive me.

Your loving author,

Angie Sandro





9 comments:

  1. This is hilarious-- and at the same time, a little sad, because we really do feel like we're cheating on one WIP when we push it aside to work on another.

    Thanks for brightening my day~

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  2. Hi Masako,

    I'm glad I was able to brighten your day, it's is ever my goal with these blog posts. And I have to admit, after writing this, my guilt over not devoting myself to my current project drained away. I was finally able to complete the chapter I'd been struggling over for two weeks. It's amazing that confronting my issues allowed me to work through them:)

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  3. Waahahaha! You are TOO FUNNY, Angie! Loved it ;)

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  4. Aww! I love this letter. And yes, Sookie needed to be quoted. :-)

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  5. Too funny. I know the feeling, I've been known to cheat on not one but two stories at a time.

    I feel so much better with prove that others have done this as well.

    My only problem is I never feel guilty after the fact.

    Oh well, it is better to have written and loved than to never have written at all.

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  6. Well said Don. I'll have to keep this in mind when guilt starts nagging at me again:)

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  7. Your lyrical Dear John tickled my funny bone. I think we've all felt this way a time or two in our writing lives.

    I just try to remember (guilt free) that not all pieces started need to be finished to benefit us as writers. Sometimes we just have to get things out there and out of the way so we can learn and move on.

    Best luck as you continue on your journey!

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  8. Thank you Cat,

    It's true the pieces eventually make a whole. And as the journey continues, it's the unexpected that makes it so wonderful and exciting:)

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