The challenges of writing a novel.
Posted by Monica Baker
This past November, I thought it would be cool to start up a NaNoWriMo project. I was like 50k words in a month? Cake.
Not so much. That cake was a lie. I got writers block not even 8000 words in. That and life took over, husband came home with a broken leg, distraction upon distraction, you get the idea. Now, I’m trying to get over it.
I had a few wonderful suggestions over Twitter on how to get over it, and I’m really trying. I WANT this novel series to take off, and go somewhere. I HAVE the world, culture and story in my head. It just doesn’t want to come out smoothly.
I don’t want to front load my novel. I don’t want to make it too sparse either. I want to set up the conflict, but I don’t want it to be terribly obvious either.
It’s such a delicate balance. I don’t want to put out a bad novel. I want to put out a GOOD one. Properly written, rich story, rich characters and a rich world that the reader can get lost in.
I’ve seen so many BAD books make the NYT Best-seller’s list it isn’t even funny. Twilight, 50Shades…it’s rather sad, really. There are so many GOOD indie authors out there that put out great books, that get buried under that tripe.
Right now I’m reading and re-reading the stuff I have already, seeing what I can flesh out, prune, or whatever. I don’t want a sub par book. I believe people are smarter than that. I KNOW my potential readers have brains, and deserve to be entertained by a well written book.