Wednesday, November 26, 2003

I've been meaning to start a daily log to capture all of my experiences during this process, but things have been going so non-stop that I just haven't had a chance. Here I am, 11 months after writing the first sentence; 5 months after completing the first draft; and 1.5 weeks after holding the first book in my hands. The prerelease is in the hands of readers now, who I'm hoping are reading non-stop.

Feedback has been very positive thus far. So positive that I think I may actually be a writer. Not just a writer, but maybe the potential to be a good writer. But still, I know from other authors that I'm going to continually have to study and hone my craft. Which is not a problem for me. I love to learn. I would love to learn to mold and shape my writing style and to be able to offer something different to readers with each book.

Yes! Each book. It's funny. Only a year ago, I thought completing one book of 300 pages was going to be a daunting task. I love to write. Just never wrote that much for one document before. Now, I just finished my first novel and I have SEVERAL novellas and novels lined up for completion. Now, if I could just quit Toyota so I can get this stuff written! LOL

I'm having a great time writing and promoting. The only frustrating thing right now is not having enough time to do everything. And I'm trying to complete a novella while wrapping up the print job for my novel. I'll never do this again because it does take fun and creativity out of it. I wonder if that's what it's going to be like if I publish with a house? Hmmm... Now, I have target dates, of course, but I'm not under somebody else's deadline. I can see where that will make a difference. Trying to force and squeeze something out before a certain date or time and have it represent your best possible work is not going to be easy. That's going to take non-procrastination and time to let the creative juices flow. I can squeeze something out, I'm finding. But it would be better if I wasn't under a time pressure.