I am on my second and third novel now.
The first one was an experiment. I’m in love with the story, with the characters. I know them well. The pacing and building is off, though.
Second novel is better. Spent five years working on it. I’m in love with the story, with the characters. I know them well. The pacing is better. The blueprint is a tad short of perfect. Tried for a few months to get the manuscript published. No bites. Decided to shelf it for one year and went on to novel number three with some more knowledge and a better understanding of story building.
One hundred pages into novel number three, I got stuck. So I went back to BLOW FORWARD, novel number two and spent six more months on perfecting it. Tell you…I think it’s going to be a winner.
Writing is challenging. Thank goodness I love the whole journey. I love to take sentences rearrange them, then take paragraph and reorder them as well. Cleaning and moving furniture around. See what makes sense. It doesn’t get better than that.
I have been writing daily for seven years. I know…a drop in the bucket. A couple of my friends have been at it for twenty years.
For me, writing is the easy part.
The difficult part is taking my writing career to the next level. And that means having to extend myself beyond my comfort level. I’m willing to do that. But that’s another step in the growing process: learning the business, learning how to write queries, synopsis, go to conferences and pitch.
I could do without all that, if you ask me. I could just be happy in front of my computer all by myself.
No! On second thought, I’m lying. I’m driven. I AM a hard worker and I would like to reap some reward for my efforts.