Sadly I have neglected blogging for a couple of weeks, but I assure you is was for a good cause. That cause being...finishing draft ONE of my first novel!
It is a fantastic feeling to finally be done with this sometimes joyful (largely painful) experience. Today I began reading my manuscript from the beginning for the very first time (!!). I am putting together a summary of each chapter and working out the kinks. In the next few months I'll be working on editing/culling scenes, researching the multitudes of details that I fudged my way through, expanding and colouring my characters, beautifying my at times utilitarian prose and giving it an overall spit and shine! I have an few friends and an editor lined up to read through it all and then who knows, it could be time to look for an agent or it could be time to take a vow of silence, curl up into the foetal position and cry myself to sleep every night using the awful pages of my failed novel as punishing, nose-scrapping tissue paper.
Look it’s possible that I am the most talentless person to ever attempt fiction writing and it's quite likely that this loosely structured, chaotic story is in fact unsalvageable, but I feel incredibly proud of myself for sticking to it!
Starting my first novel draft has opened my mind to the possibilities of creativity, it's sparked a hundred conversations with others who have an inkling of starting their own creative endeavours and it’s given me the confidence to aim bigger in my life. Finishing my first novel draft has taught me a lot about how I work and what kind of process I need to apply to completing big tasks and most importantly, it has helped me to apply discipline to my work habits.
I’m hoping that today you get a little bit more excited about your own novel (painting, song, poem, sculpture, short story, sewing project, photography…) and finish it!