My first (and only) novel was finished in August 2012. As I typed the final words I was overwhelmed by a myriad of emotions – relief, exhaustion, sadness, anxiety (was it good enough?) and last (and strangely, least) happiness. It had taken me ten months to write a 44,000 word children’s novel from that special moment when I typed my first word onto a blank screen.
Looking back over the time I was writing, I wished I had kept a journal of the process. So much happened. There were plunging lows; like the period after I sent my first few chapters to a writing mentor. Days of dread followed; I was convinced that I had embarrassed myself by sending dreadful rubbish to an experienced writer. The midpoint of the book was another low; I wasn’t sure what should happen next in my story, and felt like giving up writing. There were soaring highs: the elation I felt when I got an enthusiastic thumbs up from my mentor for those first few chapters – she loved them; or when my son read a humourous part of the book and laughed out loud. The list goes on and on … there are so many practical and emotional aspects to writing a book that I couldn’t write them all down in one small blurb.
As I start out on my second book, I don’t expect the experience to be much different. Sure, I will have lived through the emotions and decision points before, but they will still be there (possibly not as intense the second time around). What will be different is that I will chart the process as I go, sharing both the emotional and practical aspects of trying to write a book as a relatively inexperienced novelist, while living a busy life.
Coming soon… I’ll share my new book idea: what’s it about, the audience I’ll be aiming it at, how I plan to get started.
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