I finished writing my second novel of 2013 today. Finishing writing a novel is very satisfying and also saddening. I've spent time with it and now it's going away. One novelist, I think it was Steinbeck, said it was like a death in the family. I think it's more like a parent watching their child leave home to begin an independent, adult life. You'll still visit with them so they're not gone forever except for in memory, as they would be with a death, but there is a required seperation because new paths must be forged. Like a child reaching maturity and leaving home, the novel must go out and begin its own life, free of my hand. Bon voyage!
Saying that I finished writing my second novel is a grand and misleading statement because both were started last year. I'm on hiatus from a third novel I spent much of my time writing this year.
I'm uncertain what drives my hiatus writing process. I work on something for a while and then abruptly take an unplanned break and go to something else. It's like the characters go on vacation from me. It's sort of working, I guess, as I can say I've finished two novels this year.
One completed work is really a novella at just 34,000 words. I'd begun shopping it and it's already received its first rejection! Thinking about what to do, I realized that the just finished novel, 68,000 words, is a more comfortable size for an Adult Urban Fantasy - AUF. (I don't know if that's an actual sub-genre but that's what I call it.) With its size, I'll shop it about instead of the novella.
To that end, I've been thinking about my submission process. I realize I've been half-assed about it. I'll typically look for an agent or publisher and then tailor a submission package for them. I think I'll instead create a submission package and then tailor the package to promising agents and publishers.
Meanwhile, I've begun the dance, what do I write next? Go back to one of many works in progress or begin the sequel to the book I just finished? I lean toward the latter just because the first book is striving to talk me into writing the second book. Since it's the same main characters, they're saying, "Here we are, here's what we're doing. It'll practically write itself."
Sure. I may not be a published novelist but I'm not a naive writer. I'm dubious of any book or characters that claim a book will write itself.
I'll probably start the sequel. The first pages are practically writing themselves in my head. If it doesn't work out, I can take a hiatus from it.
It doesn't matter, as long as I keep writing like crazy.
Sure, like I could ever stop.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
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