A few things I am learning as a first time novel writer
It’s stressful, for sure, but there is something great to look forward to.
Determination and persistence are key
If you allow your self room to stumble, it’s hard to push yourself to get back up. I am definitely suffering from this right now. Being “off” the last couple of weeks has made it hard to get back in to the groove of writing regularly. My sleep schedule is completely off, and I am no where near as far as I would like with my content. However, I actually started and finished a chapter in one day, so I am getting back to normalcy. Yesterday was the first day I actually felt creative again.
The road to publication is scary but reachable
The more that Tori and I look into self publishing, the more excited I am at the possibilities for us. Granted, we actually have to finish our first drafts, get ourselves out there, find cover art, edit, take a potty break, edit some more and then finally we’ll be able to press the “submit” or “publish” button and our book will be out there. This is something that I have toyed with my entire life. My whole family has been extremely literary. On my father’s side, my Grandmother was a published author and I have 3 totes full of her work that she poured every inch of her soul into.
Giving up is not an option
I couldn’t tell you how many times I have sat at this desk, set my fingers on this keyboard and just thought “nope, I’m done.” Of course, you got to see that a few times. I realized, however, that no matter how much I bitched about it, if I didn’t finish this book and I never got published I would have no one to blame but my self. I want to be able to get to a point where I can say that I am a published author. While I want to be able to become a full time author, I know that it doesn’t come quickly or easily.
Having amazing supporters helps
My family and my husband have been fantastic when it comes to listening to me rambling on and on about my characters in an almost smitten way. Although, I must admit, no one has been more supportive or active in helping me than Tori. Since we decided to take this journey together, it seems that we have become even better friends than I thought possible. It’s great to have a system of people to bounce ideas off of who you know will give you honest feed back
Anywho, this is what I have learned, and I am learning new stuff everyday. I wish you all the best of luck in your literary journeys!!