I’m back from vacation. This is what I brought you…
Yes, I’m totally one of those people that
wastes spends way too much time on Pinterest.
But Pinterest can actually help you get some practical work done by providing some much needed inspiration.
Enter my new board for writers. It contains quotes, prompts, practical info and writer-ly images. Check it out below.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
Well then I’m on a roll because I’m on book number 31 for the year already.
It’s no secret that I read a lot.
I mean A LOT.
Like I positively devour books.
Here are the ones (fiction only, if you want to know what non-fiction books I’ve read recently, go here) that really stuck out for me in the past three months.
Born of Illusion – I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s a very unique and masterfully written chronicle of a young magician, rumored to be the daughter of Harry Houdini, with mysterious powers. She performs with her mother, a medium, and they move to New York as their careers begin to take off. Strange things begin to happen though as it become clear that someone in their community means them harm.
Unicorn Western – A delightful, fun read. There are nine books in this series so beware. If you read this book it could mean buying many more. Very tongue in check and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Reminds me a little of Cowboys and Aliens (which I totally wasn’t expecting to like but ended up liking very much). Give it a try. You can get it for free.
Pines – This book is thrill ride from the very beginning. A man wakes up, having just been through severe accident, and doesn’t remember who he is. As he stumbles around town for clues to his identity, he starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. This book had me engrossed (I read it pretty much in one sitting during a longish flight) and guessing to the very end. And a shocking and unexpected end it was…
Last night I finished my first draft. (!!)
I need to pause and take that in because I’ve never done anything like that before.
Let me clarify.
I’ve written a ton. But only ever short stories and essays.
My early attempts at writing a full length novel were just that, attempts. Eventually, it occurred to me that if I was going to continue to coaching writers and be considered a coach worth my salt, I was eventually going to have to walk my talk.
And so I got re-acquainted with Logan.
The first draft took me roughly ninety days to complete. Which honestly was a freaking miracle in addition to being one of the hardest things I’ve ever done (but also super rewarding).
The story still needs a whole lot of polish (and so I will be spending the next six months in edit) but it’s done *exhales* and that’s the most important thing.
I will spill the details about my first draft process in later posts but the one thing I’ll tell you is that I’m now a bona fide plotter. I was a pantser for years and years and decided to try plotting as my previous tries at novel writing were bust.
And let me tell you, I don’t think I would have finished my first draft this time around without it.
The other thing I forced myself to do this time around, and I know you hear this one all the time but there’s so much truth in it, is that I pushed through and got my draft done by resisting the urge to stop and edit. You cannot write and edit at the same time.
Let me repeat that for effect.
You cannot write and edit at the same time.
Get the words down, even when your cringing as you’re writing them (as I did more than a few times during this process).
In any case, I had a blast with Logan, exploring his faults and watching him grow throughout the arc of the story. I’m gonna let him get some rest for a few weeks and then he and I will pick it back up and begin polishing.
The actual novel *squee* will be out in November so stay tuned. Especially because there’ll be a whet-your-appetite freebie that I’ll be giving away to my list in about a month.
Join here to get it and to meet Logan before the book comes out.