As some of you may know, I completed a novel last year.
At 80,000 words, it was quite a project that involved a lot of time and hard work.
The reason the novel never hit the shelves is simple – I submitted all but the last chapter to the publishers, but having completed that last chapter, I decided I didn’t like it. I contacted the publishers and withdrew the work, much to their annoyance.
You would imagine that having done that much work on the project, it would have been preferable to tweak the manuscript rather than scrap it altogether, but I had fallen into a trap of my own making – I concentrated too much on completing the work and lost sight of the plot.
Since then, I have been working on a new project. The story line is more or less complete, the characters are all alive and kicking and there are various sub plots. However, I have not yet put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard, as the case may be).
What I need is an incentive; a bit of impetus.
I have decided that writing a book is like quitting smoking – the more people you tell, the more you are stuck into the process.
Within the next week or two, I really must start typing.
It could be an interesting topic to follow here?