I actually encourage all writers to cultivate a sense of boredom.
That way you’ll know when your writing is just not that interesting.
I recently read a novel (well, not all of it) in which the author gave a long detailed description of a man eating a peach–how the knife cut it into slices, the color and texture of the peach and the way it tasted. I read every word because I was sure it had something to do with the story.
I suppose it might be interesting to someone who never saw or eaten a peach. If all she wrote was “the man sat down and ate a peach” my mind would have filled in the blanks, knowing full well what it is like to eat a peach.
OK now, before I start to get boring on the subject of peach eating, this post is really about the challenge of writing a historical novel based on the life and times of Saint Francis of Assisi.
I just threw out an entire chapter because it was boring. Being overly concerned with the historical facts stifled my creativity. I had to remind myself that I wasn’t writing a history text book or an unauthorized biography but using another person’s life as a symbol. The greater challenge is to write something that will present a fresh perspective rather than a rehash of everything that’s been previously written.
So, I have to trust my boredom instincts. If I’m bored by my own writing, so will the reader.