Yup, just took Life in the ‘Cosm out of its teens and into its 20s. I’ve just drafted Chapter 20 and am headed for Chapter 21. Over 88 000 words now, and counting. I am amazed that a project that started out as a distraction from the symptoms of Fibromyalgia has turned into a story for … More My novel is no longer in its teens!
Authors, you know what it’s like when you’re on a roll, writing for months with such zeal that your keyboard catches fire? Then suddenly, WHAM, life gets in your way. Distractions steal your time–other projects, people, work, the neighbour’s kid’s rock band needing a drummer–but never fear! This happens to everyone apparently, and all you … More We interrupt the writing of this novel to bring you this message
So, a couple of days ago, I went back to the beginning of my manuscript and started to read it again. I got a few chapters in and totally freaked out. I mean, I went into a state of paler-than-white panic and screamed inside myself, “MY WRITING IS CRAP! MY BOOK IS CRAP! I’M A … More Help, help, my writing is crap!!!
Yes, it’s me, the newbie, all excited to be past 70 000 words now. I find that I am learning a few things this time around with writing a novel: Have fun. After each chapter, have it read aloud. Keep having fun. When I was in my 20s, I was so serious about wanting to … More 17 Chapters, 73 000 words, and counting!