Chaos Theory

“Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos.  Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish to the crowd.” — I Ching

In that case, my novel will be AMAZING!  Ha!

One of the things I have had to work to overcome (and is this true for other writers, I wonder?) is the desire for praise/acceptance from people who are important in my life.  Case in point:  both of my older sisters will acknowledge (if they must) that I can write, but they both state they dislike what it is that I write, my subject matter.  That bothered me for awhile (I mean, hey, we all crave acceptance from our families, right?) until I realized that I had to view them as random readers, anyone who might pick up my work.  Some will like it, some won’t.  And that’s okay.  The important thing is that I like it.

Which, of course, leads me to that writer conundrum of never entirely being satisfied with a piece of work.  At which point do we say “Enough!” and stop tweaking it?  It becomes a case of gut-feel.  Even then, I have gone back to published work months or years later and cringed.  The itch develops in my fingers to rewrite, make tighter, do better.  Sometimes I indulge, although that can feel like beating a dead horse, as it were.  Better to take that desire to write tighter and better to the next piece of writing.  (Obviously if we’re talking about a piece that hasn’t yet been published, that’s a different kettle of spam.  If there’s hope left in a piece — and it isn’t total shite — work that sucker!  If nothing else, you’ll learn from the process.)


About Melissa Crandall

A million years ago--round-about the first Ice Age--I cut my writing teeth on fanzines and science fiction media tie-in novels. I'm happy to say that I've since branched out to include fantasy, horror, essays, and narrative nonfiction. This site will keep you up-to-date on my adventures in writing. I live in Connecticut with my husband--who frequently wonders what he got himself into by marrying a writer--two cats named Tuna and Gypsy, and a semi-neurotic Australian shepherd named Holly.
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