Last week I posted the question if your first chapter can be too exciting. Today I'd like to ask if your work is supremely boring. My greatest fear is that my stories are soooooboooooorrrrring. I go through this on every draft because after awhile they are so familiar to me I can't imagine anyone else would find them exciting. This is why I have what I call Alpha Readers - more like Cheerleaders. They are made of awesome. They deserve a special place in heaven.
A long time ago I would have said that if a writer got to the point where their work was boring to them, they were in big trouble. I don't believe that now. Some writers spend years on a project. It can get so familiar that working on it can be boring and, well, a lot of work. However, these writers who become bored with their work still love their work, and they are still driven by artistic achievement. That's not boring.
I think that's the word to remember: familiar.
Anytime something becomes familiar, it runs the risk of becoming boring. If this happens to you and your book, keep going. Most writers I know who have this problem start working on another project. I suppose that's one way around the problem, but it can create other, bigger, problems. As I said above, a good way around all this is to get some good Alpha Readers (readers who read as you write, chapter by chapter or section by section). Cheerleaders are important, at least for me. I can't write in a vacuum. Talk about becoming too familiar with my surroundings...
My answers aren't the answers for everyone. How do you deal with getting bored with your work?
On another note, we received all but one entry for our Notes from Underground anthology! For the next month we'll be formatting this huge project and getting it ready for sale. We'll unveil the cover as soon as we can. Special thanks to Tara Maya for her artistic talents!