Thursday, February 20, 2014

Things I have learned while writing my first novel

I would like to start off with two quotes here first that explains so much of what I have dealt with.

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
C.J. Cherryh

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Stephen King

I have learned so much while writing my first novel and am still learning everyday as I continue writing. After writing my first draft of Echoes from a Hollow Soul, I thought it was great and complete all on its own. When I put it away for a little while, thoughts about the second book were coming to me. I thought about the first book some more and knew I needed to add more to it. There needed to be more. I wanted it scarier, with more emotion, just more! I don't know when this editing process will be done with this first book, but I can honestly say when it is done it will be exceptional. I've noticed many writers with there first novels take years to get it to publishing standards. So another thing I am learning is to be patient, and not to hurry this, or else I might publish something that isn't quite right.

I honestly believe reading is ones main tool for writing. Stephen King sure got that right. During NaNoWriMo I pushed reading to a back burner. I now know that should not be done. Yes I need lots of time to write during that month to get 50,000 words in but I still need to make time for a little bit of reading as well.

I have also made some great friends with authors, to be authors, and just writers in general through this whole experience. I hope to meet many more and continue down this road, because even if my stories go no where they are a part of me and I love them.

In other news I have started reading The Copper Witch by Jessica Dall. This is book one of the Broken Line Series, which is a historical romance. It will be available March 13th, 2014 from 5 Prince Publishing  Here is a little blurb about the book:

Adela Tilden has always been more ambitious than her station in life might allow. A minor nobleman’s daughter on a failing barony, Adela’s prospects seem dire outside of marrying well-off. When Adela catches the eye of the crown prince, Edward, however, well-off doesn’t seem to be a problem. Thrown into a world of politics and intrigue, Adela might have found all the excitement she ever wanted—if she can manage to leave her past behind.

I haven't read a historical romance in quite a while. I am excited to compare it to other ones I have read. So far I am 40 pages into it and so far it is very good, keeping me intrigued. Adela is a real chatter box but that can be expected when you live in a town of mostly sheep. I cant wait to delve more into this book. I have a feeling I won't be able to put the book down.

1 comment:

  1. Sadly I haven't read much lately, which I think resulted in a burned out editing feel. I'm going to start reading again, which I agree is good advice when you're writing. My next reading book is "Historical Fashion European dress in detail 1700-1915" So many pretty dresses! Good luck with your revising!