Well…I sort of had an epiphany last night.
I’ve been working on this novel off and on for the last two years. Over that time, I’ve written well over 200,000 words, much of which has to be discarded now that I know my story.
I know….that sucks….but that’s how I write. I am a character writer…plot comes after I’ve figured out the people who are living the story I’m telling.
So….what’s the big deal????
Well….figuring out the beginning of my novel has been the bane of my existence since I started this process. Other things come easy, but in the publishing world as well as in a possible buyer’s eyes, the first few pages is all you get to make the deal.
Can you say PRESSURE??? I know….I’m putting the cart before the horse, but I want to do this right from the get go….Do you know how exhausting it is to re-write something a hundred times?????
Anyway…I had a bit of an epiphany last night. Not only did I possibly FINALLY figure out how to begin my novel, but I realized a few things have to change.
- I have to set writing goals every day and announce my progress.
- I have to blog more about my writing than other things (this keeps me accountable)…..
- I am changing the title of this blog to A Day In The Life Of An Aspiring Author….I don’t ‘aspire to write’ any longer…….I’m actually doing it.
So….Today I am celebrating. Granted….my novel was conceived a couple of years ago, but today The Awakening Of Katherine Shaw actually arrives to the world….So Happy Birthday….