After over five years of writing, and six books and more short stories than I know what to do with, I’ve heard thousands of informative nuggets.
Write what you know. Write the story you want to read. Outline. Don’t outline. Write everyday. Write when the muse shows up.
For every writer, there is a different piece of ‘wisdom’ to impart. And some are great and some are less great—for me.
Here’s the other thing I know. For every writer, there is a process. And if your anything like me, there is a different process for every book. I took one month to write my dystopian book, and six to edit it. Stars took nine months to draft (in my defense I had a newborn) and one to edit. Other books had other stats. Some I started with a clear plan, others I wandered around for ages until I figured out where the characters were going.
Every book is different, and unique. I learn something new with every book.
You know what’s not different, though? The butterflies. The giddy excitement of looking at a new word document, of seeing the delicious blankness of it, the big 0 in the word count. Of knowing that I’m starting a new journey and having a vague idea, but really—not a clue—as to where this is going. Of knowing, deep down, the story is awesome. Even while I wonder if I’m gonna do it justice.
That’s where I am. I have a new WIP brewing in my mind, and I’ve spent the past two months finishing and editing Stars, and toying with the best way to tell this story, learning about the characters and the world they live in. And now I’m ready to start.
Q4U: What is starting a new book like for you?