Sometimes I think that writing a book is like scaling a mountain.
- You need to be ready to start and have your provisions in place
- You need to make time for the adventure
- You have to start somewhere at the bottom (and the first part can seem particularly daunting)
- You can only do it one step at a time
- The further you get, the more intense the feelings – a mixture of heady exhilaration and utter exhaustion
- You need to be determined not to give up – it is a test of resilience
- And finally the view from the top is awesome, but even when you finish the book, there is still more to do. More mountains to climb.
Can you think of some more analogies?
I started climbing my current mountain at the beginning of July. In my case, it’s not writing a whole book from scratch, but picking up a book I drafted a few years ago and getting it ready for publication. For me, this bit is harder than writing the story in the first place. I love creating new stories, but I don’t enjoy revisiting them and rewriting slabs that could be improved. It is important, but doesn’t feel as creative.
Nevertheless, this is an important book, because it is the first in the series, so I want to get it right. Not perfect (after all, there is no such thing), but better.
Step 1 – I have been doing lots of research (ie, reading) during the past few years while I have been in my writer’s drought.
Step 2 – I have made time for writing by changing my full-time job to 4 days a week. I now have Tuesdays free for writing, and I try to avoid email, social media and all distractions on Tuesdays.
Step 3 – I have chosen the mountain I want to start on – updating and improving ‘Isabel’s Choice’. This will be my first historical romance and is also the first in my French Connection series. So stakes are high (but I’m trying not to let that daunt me).
More steps still to come. I’ll be sharing my journey with you in my weekly blog posts, as well as my favourite writing tips. See you next week for #writingwednesday.