Well, I’m nearing completion of the story on my first novel! So exciting...
I’m definitely not done the editing process by any means, but the main story is almost done. I have a word count I’m happy with and only have a few plot holes I’m filling now. Then I’ll have to reread everything for plot and pacing. I know I have a few pacing issues to deal with, and I’m tackling them now.
I find the hardest part of the novels to write is the second portion of the middle. That’s where you’ve just had something big happen in the middle, and you’re now heading towards the big finale. Everything changes here, and it can be a bit of a challenge to write, or so I’ve been told.
It may take a few tries (or more) to get it right, but I’m okay with that. I don’t seek perfection, but I do seek excellence. Still, excellence comes with experience, so what I find excellent now may not be what I find excellent in a few novels, or a few decades.
In the mean time, my erotica novel is moving along quickly now. I’m slowly sorting out the depth of the second plot, and can write many scenes as I work on it.
I’ve also been reading more books again lately. I’m studying them both as a reader and as a writer. Any genre is open, in both fiction and non-fiction. I’ve gotten lost in a few novels that were real page turners, as well as struggled through a couple that were less riveting.
It’s interesting having something to be passionate about again. I like the feeling. Today I’m mostly sitting with the experience and letting myself soak in everything. I’ve never written a novel length anything before, and learning how has been amazing. I still don’t know if I’m any good at it, but that’s okay. I’ll keep refining my craft and learning as I go. I’ll put out the best books I can and tell stories that are true to me.
Just this morning I had another story idea. It’s been written down, as I already have two novels on the go, and two more ready to go once these are done. I have no shortage of ideas to write about. There’s a whole file of ideas on my computer, mixed between romance/erotica, young adult novels, fantasy books, mysteries, and more.
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.