Thursday, March 21, 2013
With Each Step You Grow Stronger
Five years ago, I sat down at the computer with a couple of characters and their adventure in my mind. I didn't know a thing about novel writing. It had been years since I had even read a fiction book, let alone study it for style or structure. But I pressed along anyway, knowing that one day I would finish that novel. Now, A Place to Call Their Own is scheduled to be released in July by Musa Publishing.
Had I waited to learn a bit more about writing a novel, I might not have ever jumped in. The only thing about the process I do regret is not having an outline until I was nearly finished. As I was struggling to bring the novel to a close, I brainstormed on the plot points. Once I had that figured out, it took only a month to finish the last quarter to a third of the first draft. I learned a lot more along the way and with those lessons, I was able to complete my second draft in only four months.
I'd love to hear about a task or project that you jumped right into without much preparation and how it turned out!