perhaps that's because i'm in a bit of a "path-to-publishing" lull. the agent search is over; the submission nail-biting has yet to begin. i just don't have a lot of insight to share during this brief limbo stage.
instead, i've been studying and learning. and by that - i mean writing.
i learn something new with every book, and i thought i'd share a few of those lessons here.
the first real novel i ever attempted to write taught me:
- without an outline, my stories amble off course and never get finished.
- writing a book is time-consuming and requires some sacrifices to find that time.
- most important, it taught me: maybe i don't suck at this, and maybe i kind of love it... a lot.
the first novel i ever finished taught me:
- a good hook/concept is nothing without a well-planned plot.
- third person with multiple MCs is not the right format for me.
- most important, it taught me: i can get to "The End," and even then the book might not be good enough... and that's actually okay, because i have this other idea...
the first novel i ever queried taught me:
- how to edit - really edit. cut scenes, re-order chapters, insert new story elements and completely rewrite multiple chapters from scratch... all after i thought i was "done."
- what kind of stories i want to write and what i really want to say.
- most important, it taught me: finishing a book is really just the beginning. and with any luck, this one's not done yet.
the book i'm writing right now taught me:
- not every book gets written at the same pace; not every book is built via the same process (for me anyway).
- writing is the best distraction from all that "path-to-publishing" neurosis.
- most of all, it taught me: ....well, i don't know the "most of all" yet. i'll let ya know when i'm all done. ;)
what about you? what have you learned from your own writing?