Monday, June 1, 2015

Out with the Old

In order to make sure I don't drive myself crazy while waiting to hear back from all the agents I queried, I'm knee-deep in novel #2.  It's probably not the best idea, because unless an agent wants to take me on, my writing career might be over before it even begins.  But at least it's keeping me busy.

I have a special cabinet in my office dining room where I keep all my writing supplies and whatnot.  I work much better when I have actual pen and paper in my hands.  I handwrite my novels first in notebooks, before typing them up later on the computer.  Then when I'm doing my edits, I need to print out each chapter and mark up all the changes I want to make.  Needless to say, my novel writing process comes with a lot of paper. 

Thankfully my husband is understanding, and I managed to contain it all well enough.  But since I'm 'done' with my first novel until I hear back from an agent, I felt it was time to store everything away and make room for the mountains of paper I'll accumulate with novel #2. 

Out with the old, and in with the new!  Are you more of a computer writer, or do you need to hold it in your hands like me?  Do you throw out all drafts, or do you hold onto them tightly like the garbage man is going to steal all your ideas?