Monday, May 3, 2010
12 steps to writing your first novel
As most of you have read by now, I am oh-so-very close to finishing my third rewrite. It's there, I can see the end, but I don't like the original ending so I am now hanging in limbo, unsure how I want to proceed...
But I have to admit that in re-reading my first draft (and second) that it is absolute crap!!! I mean, not just haha, this is SO bad, but truly, horribly CRAP!!! (and I am so not exaggerating) Along with the bit of disappointment that comes with realizing this, I have to say I am also feeling a twinge of pride!
Pride?!?! Yes, pride because darn I have come a LONG way since writing those horrific words! I still love the idea of the book and I still adore my characters and I will make it happen! But really, I can't believe how far I have come in just a short year. At least I can now recognize that it wasn't any good, but I know I still need to work on the how to get it to be better. It's like a twelve steps program!
Step 1: Wow, I just had this really great idea for a book. This is going to be SO easy!
Step 2: Man, this is going great! I have 5 chapters down and my fingers are just flying off the keyboard, double checking word count every two seconds.
Step 3: HALFWAY!!!
Step 4: I am SO going to be a published author! LOOK OUT STEPHENIE MEYER!
Step 5: FINISHED!!!
Step 6: Send it to every agent you can find!
Step 7: Receive rejection letters from every single one of those agents.
Step 8: Find a writing website such as Agent Query Connect and meet lots of other aspiring writers who very nicely (Most of the time) tell you your work is not so great.
Step 9: Want to crumple up all 400 printed and reprinted pages of the first draft, maybe even stomp on them, definetly light them on fire!
Step 10: Start rewriting...and rewriting....and more rewriting.
Step 11: Get out the red pen and do lots of crossing out!!!
Step 12: Realize that this is the hardest, funnest, best thing you have done in your life!!!