I don’t know if you realize this but books have a lot of words. Shocking, I know! After years of blogging (with some success) and writing picture books (with less success), novel writing was the dangling carrot that I desperately wanted to grasp. But it can be daunting to commit hundreds of hours to a project you have no idea will work. Can I finish it? Will I be proud of the finished product? Will anyone want to publish it? Will anyone want to read it? Will everyone hate it?
But I’m not one for wallowing in indecision and crippling self-doubt, so I made up my mind that 2019 was going to be the year I finished writing a novel. I didn’t talk about it much because I wanted it to be a personal challenge with no expectations but my own. But I treated it like a job and committed the time, and it worked! After a couple of months, I had a rough draft. After a couple more months, it was edited to the best of my ability. So I now have an early middle grade fantasy novel to show for myself. MISS STICK’S PROBLEM-SOLVING AGENCY is short and sweet and funny and quirky and so very real. I can print it! I can hold it! It is a thing!
But I’m not going to stop there. For the sake of making MISS STICK the best book it can be and also making me the best writer I can be, I decided to send it to a freelance editor for professional feedback. When I receive that feedback (which should be around the end of May), I think I’m going to read it and then put it away until fall before attempting whatever edits they recommend. That way the ideas can marinate in the back of my mind and I can come back to it in the fall with fresh eyes and still query it to agents before the year’s out.
So, what now?
Well, I could take the summer off. I’m going to be home with the kids all day anyway. I could rest my brain and recharge. I could watch tv in the evening like a normal person. That would be the reasonable thing to do!
But reasonable and I don’t exactly get along.
And there are so many other story ideas screaming for my attention!
This is where you come in. Are you still with me? While I kept my first book tightly protected, I want to share my writing process this time around. I’m creating this blog so I can take you with me on the wild ride of writing a novel from start to finish. I have a new book idea marinating and my completely unreasonable goal is to finish a rough draft before the end of August.
Are you ready?