What is wrong with you people?

Why are you not flocking to my blog, re-blogging all my fantastic posts, and flooding me with comments and requests for more of the First Novel?  I am the Next Great Novelist!

Well, maybe it’s not entirely your fault.  Maybe I’m not all that interesting. . . yet.  Or maybe I just totally suck.  Okay, well I pretty much suck most of the time, I guess.  But every time I post I get better, right?  Right?  (listens for the sound of nodding heads)

I actually have something worthwhile to discuss rather than just complaining (which is still complaining even though I do it tongue-in-cheek).  First, I have finished Chapter 11 of the First Novel (with a Zeppelin!), and have begun on Chapter 12, wherein the female protagonist lands her first Hollywood role.  Which will lead to. . . oh no you don’t.  No spoilers yet.  It will lead to the end of the story!  So there’s that.

And, I’ve also done some work on the Second Novel.  I’ve realized that while the First Novel is great, the greatest greatness of the Next Great Novelist will be in subsequent novels.  So I worked on my new protagonist and actually put in some effort on creating the character first rather than just banging away at the keys in some naive hope that the story will magically coalesce out of the vast ether of unexpressed ideas into a brilliant, coherent, and marketable story.

I’ve also been working on improving my craft by reading what those who are much farther along the path of authorship than I have to say about it.  Today I came across a post by Karen Lamb titled “The Bookpocalypse” which rather bluntly explains why the First Novel is likely to be childish scribbling compared to the inspired masterpiece which the Second Novel will surely become and how the First Novel may be destined to become nothing more than tiny bits of ash once I finally realize that explosives are a more fitting end for it than the humiliation of publication.

Before I break out the dynamite, however, I’m going to at least finish the first draft of the First Novel and solicit some feedback from a few beta readers.  Then I’ll put some strong effort into a rewrite.  Once in a while, to give myself a little break, I will plunk away on the work for the Second Novel, for which I only have the vaguest notion of a plot so far.  It will be GREAT though!


4 thoughts on “What is wrong with you people?

  1. Hi! I’m a fellow writer, and I don’t know if you’ve done this yet, but could you write a post on how to keep focus and motivation while writing a novel? Thanks and good luck with your book!

    • Sure, Green, I’d be happy to tell you how I manage – or don’t manage – to do that. I think it’s a pretty common issue we all struggle with. Look for that in a post soon.

  2. I stay motivated and focused on the novel I’m writing by trying to find time. I usually do the time hunt first–because for me, I need at least an hour at a time. I can jot something down in fifteen minutes, but I can’t “write” in fifteen minutes. I need an hour. So, I hunt for time. That keeps me focused.
    But, I was thinking that what works for me doesn’t work for everyone. I do a lot of writing in my head while running, walking, or hiking. I play with plots from other genre than mine to help me with my characters. I think about my characters as real people and real animals sometimes and consider what they would do in a given situation. I study others that are doing things that my characters do. This also helps me get back to writing.
    But staying motivated and focused on the edit and re-write process? I think of all the push-ups I did on active duty. I think of long shifts at work. After thinking about that, I get started with the idea that I will “grunt it out.” Then, once I get started, I find that I enjoy myself.
    Good luck and whatever you do, don’t stop.

    • Indeed. I have begun to chew on the question that Green posed and the first thought that struck me was, “What works for me might not work for you.”

      So, I’ll just explain how what keeps me moving and hope that helps others.

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