With the evenings closing in and the lack of want to head outside and freeze in the icy Irish air, I figured I’d give novel writing a go ! As you do I suppose ! My story seems foolproof – romantic fiction. I say fiction but the main plot is inspired by a true story, there’s too many embellishments to classify it as nonfiction. With a degree in English, I thought I’d have a head start., not to mention the fact that I teach English for a living. Also the internet is a fantastic resource for finding tips and tricks along the way. However, I found the hardest part is actually sitting down and concentrating on your story. What about that wash that should be on? Or the dinner that needs to be prepared? There’s so much to do.
But I was determined to transfer my idea onto paper, regardless if it was any good. So I began my novel wiring journey in early September (it generally gets cold in Ireland in August – no Indian summer for us, so a perfect time to take up a new indoor hobby). With the evenings still being bright I could not concentrate on my work. Thankfully, as winter slowly creeps in I’m glad to say I have completed my first three chapters. Winning ! I will have to edit and redraft but the story is on paper and I have 9,000 words !! Does any author out there know if this is an average word count for three chapters of a novel? What is it that publishers really want? Not that I’m anywhere near that stage but I need to dream big in order to keep myself motivated. I have to think of the extrinsic motivational factors, I’ve always been like that – dream big or why bother.
Writer’s block was something I encountered at the start of this journey. I think I was trying to take on too much by thinking of the story in it’s entirety and not breaking it down into smaller fragments. Since I began ‘portioning’ my story, there has been structure to my method of writing and to the topics on which I write. This is a good way of tackling the project and chipping away at it bit by bit.
I’m both excited and scared to think of the next steps of my writing journey. Some publishers only want the first three chapters of a novel to get a feel for it. I could edit and redraft and send it into the publisher and sit tight to await their reply. All the while finishing my novel. The thoughts of putting yourself out there so much to be judged, is quite off putting. I know writers deal with a lot of rejection before, or if, they are eventually successful. But dealing with rejection is something that I think will build up my character and make me more resilient. I don’t claim to be a fantastic writer but I am learning. Has anyone been through this process and are there any tips for dealing with publishers?
In the meantime I am going to keep writing each evening (I hope I’m that disciplined) and see where I get with my novel. Any tips or stories in relation to writing, being a published author, or words of encouragement are greatly appreciated.