BIAM: "Book In A Month" is going to be "Book In A Year" perhaps!

This is where I log onto my friendly little blog and tell you the progress my novel is making.

Well . . . let's put it this way, it won't be a book in a month. More like, a book in a couple of months or a year or . . . . {well, hopefully not longer than a year, not if I have to think about the pressures of pumping out sequels for this baby.}

So, why, why, why is it taking longer than I expected? Because, dang it, there are a LOT of words in a book. As unprofound as that sounds, it's true. Just like the mud and dirt between big boulders in the ground, we would fall onto hard, sharp rocks of literary grand canyons without the soft stuff to fill in the gaps.

In writing, you need the part that engages the audience, that makes them love your characters between scenes and stick with them in stress-filled moments of suspense and action. Readers need to see the worry lines and graying temples and yelling matches between mom and daughter or daughter and dad or . . . whoever.

And, I have to learn how to write deeper and more powerfully to capture the internal conflict that pits friends against each other in a desire to win and to dig into the motivations behind the desires that cause us to do and say crazy, crazy things.

A couple of brilliant authors before me said,

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean” Robert Louis Stevenson

*nodding head in agreement*

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay” Mark Twain

(Bwahaha. That's what I'm doing right now! I can relate to that one.)

Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.” Winston Churchhill

(Interesting take.)

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” E.L. Doctorow

(Now, this one hits home! LOL. – or maybe I'm the only one laughing.)

Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Gene Fowler

(Yeah, well. I get this one too.)

See how easy that was to cut and paste all these other brilliant authors. I ask myself – why can't I fill a page with my words and thoughts and be this brilliant? Perhaps I will never be this brilliant.

BUT, when all the insecurities start to whisper around the edges of my psyche, I somehow know that this writing thing is right. It's what I was called to do.

Today, I fasted.

And, I prayed. "God, you gave me this mountian to climb, this novel to write. But, Lord, I feel like you made me a midget."

And, so the quiet still voice replies, "Then, it's going to take a little longer and you are going to have to work harder. But, climb this mountain you will."

And, so I prayed again, "Lord, if this is really going to happen, you know my future editor, you know my agent. Be with those who will represent the work you put on my heart to write."

And, then I started writing – like a crazy woman. Thoughts, twists, descriptions started pouring into the word document on the computer for the next several hours. I was supposed to work on other projects this morning but when the muse hits with passion, you really don't want to stop it. Let it flow, let it flow.

And, so I prayed again – "Lord, you know what symbolism will make this book awesome. You know what parallels and analogies I need to include. Show me your path. Show me how to bless readers and how to connect with my audience in a special way."

And, so I kept writing and then I stopped. Time came to set the temporary barriers back in place in the tunnels of my mind, so that I can meet my other deadlines – paying deadlines.

On that note, it's time now to sleep and dream lovely book signing dreams.

Enjoy your weekend and the rest of St. Patrick's Day!

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I am convinced that all of my great writing comes from God through my fingers, and I don’t have a whole lot to do with it.

    That said, I didn’t know you were working on a book, and I can’t wait to hear more about it and to read it when the time comes. :)

    Thank you for linking up on Sunday. I hope we’ll see you again this week.

  2. 9a5l7L That’s really thinking out of the box. Thanks!

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