I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by the conflicting advice I read recently on building a writing career. Many of the titles on novel writing make it sound like if you follow an author’s method your novel writing (and selling) will be a breeze. So far, I’ve tried enough techniques to realize that if I used every author’s suggestions I would know a lot about my novel and the characters but won’t have an actual novel. I’ve concluded that writing a novel isn’t all that different from creating a successful marketing campaign. It involves a lot of trial and error.
Which brings me to this section of my blog. I want to track the things that work and don’t work for me so that I’ll have my own process. I need to come up with a process that flows much more smoothly than the mess I have right now. My current process of writing and editing my novels is definitely not repeatable. It involves sporadic and intense writing sessions, writing the story out of order, writing off the top of my head (leading me down rabbit trails), deleting lots of scenes that don’t fit, setting unrealistic goals, editing to the point the story loses something and burning myself out.
I’m not a fan of the word balance because it implies perfection. However, if I can find a spot where my creative brain can run like a crazy kid in the playground and still follow some guidelines to avoid trouble, I think I’ll be able to actually publish my novels and make money. This is my ultimate goal: to have written novels not just one novel.
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