Thursday, April 30, 2015

After The End

I did it.  I'm finally done with my book.  It's been edited, polished and shined, and read more times than I can count.  My query letter and synopsis have been written and edited.  I've done a lot of professional research.  And now I'm done.  Its future is currently out of my hands.  I won't lie, it's both scary and exciting at the same time.  It's strange too.  Since August, I have either been actively working on it, or at the very least, brainstorming ideas, every single day.  And now, just like that, it's over.  I miss my characters.  They became like friends and now it's as if they've moved away, and I'm a little lost without them.

I miss writing {creative writing, obviously I'm writing right now}.  I miss getting lost in a scene, or even powering through a really tough edit.  My days seem less full and I keep thinking I've missed doing something I'm supposed to.  I'm trying to give my mind a break {and tackle some house-care I've sorely neglected} before I dive into my next book.  But I've got all sorts of stories running around my brain and I'm itching to put pen to paper. 

I'm desperately trying not to think about what will happen to my little book from here.  I'm leaving that in someone else's hands and attempting to keep busy.  But trust me, that's much harder than it looks.

When I much younger, my dream was to write a book.  Just one, just to say I did it.  Well I have.  So no matter what happens in the future, I'm going to enjoy the fact that I wrote an entire book.  And even if no one else ever loves it, I do.  And that can be enough.

So I'm off to do some spring cleaning, maybe go for a long run, and try to put this all out of my mind.  It's strange, I spent so much time focusing on the now of writing, that I forgot to think about what comes after The End. 

What do other novelists do?  Do you jump right in to your next book? Or wait a few days, weeks, months, etc to decompress?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

End of the tunnel

I really had grand intentions of writing in this space regularly.  I wanted to chronicle the process of writing and editing my first novel.  Well who knew it would take up so much of my time and energy?!  I'm sure I would have had a tiny bit of time to squeeze in a post at the end of the day, but my brain was so creatively drained that we're lucky I still remembered my own name.

But now I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I finally came up with a new title {because of course I needed a new one}, I'm on my final rewrite looking for typos only, my query letter is done, and I've got the first draft of my synopsis finished. I'm starting to research agents I want to query.  It's all very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.  I have loved this whole process and am really hoping to make novelist my new career.  I already have several ideas for future books.  But it doesn't matter how hard I work, that all hinges on whether someone else likes it and wants to read it.  And that's really scary.  But I am not one to give up, and I really believe in this story.  So I will learn to be patient and persistent, and never give up on the characters that have become friends to me.

There are a few things that have surprised me about this project, and the first is the amount of research I've had to do.  Part of my book involves different places around the country, so I knew I would have to explore and read about those.  But other than that, I figured you just write...and that's it.  Oh how wrong I was.  Maybe there are authors who are more well-versed in queries, synopsizes, and proper manuscript format than I am.  But I needed to do *a lot* of research.  Books, websites, I've read it all.  I'm hoping to share some of what I've learned on here later this week.

It's been hard trying to fit in time for mothering, house duties, running, writing, and even a little free time to relax occasionally, but so so worth it.  I haven't been this excited about something in a long time.  And no matter if this book ever gets published or not, I'm still proud of it and all the work I've put into it. 

So hopefully I have a little more time to devote to this space as I share this journey with all of you.  Until then, have a great Tuesday!