|Honey, if only you would stop being so cute and sweet, |
I could get some things accomplished! (Seriously, can
I really complain about this?)
I’m in the revision process. The first revision. And this is my first novel. So yeah, I’m a bit overwhelmed for two reasons: 1) I have a full time job which is turning out to be more of a time commitment than I initially believed and a husband who likes spending time with me and is quite frankly, a bit jealous of my time at the computer, and 2) the first draft was 100,000 words and I still haven’t decided if it’s two novels or one!
Based on advice I’ve heard from publishers, it is best not to write a series – especially for a new author. The one book should be a complete story and if it happens to do well, then maybe a sequel can be planned. With this in mind, I have cut 10,000 words already from the book, which is quite a feat (and I’m a bit proud of this, actually), but ANOTHER 10,000 words? Yikes!
In some ways, this is a very enjoyable part of the process. I get to work out the kinks. I get to use those suspense-building techniques I’ve been reading about and try the formulas recommended (I know, formulas! Crazy, right?) However, some days I want to bang my head on the table because the project seems so immense and insurmountable.
Number 1 is my biggest obstacle. People say, get up earlier. I get up at 5 a.m. and work on schoolwork (or occasionally vent on my blog). Plus, if I start writing before school, I won’t want to stop. I hate to be interrupted. It puts me in a terrible mood.
People say, stay up later. Write in the evenings or at night. I am neurotic. Besides the fact that my husband wants my attention in the evenings, writing before bed doesn’t work either because then, I don’t sleep. I stew. I can’t stop thinking about the book.
As for weekends, well, that has been my only time and even then, commitments infringe upon that time. It’s frustrating. It’s discouraging.
Sometimes, right after school, I pull out my computer and try to crank through a page or two, but it just doesn’t seem like enough time.
So, what’s the answer? More hours in the day? A simpler life? I wish.
Someone give me advice, please.