Connie and I have been talking about our new books for months now, but talking is not usually the same thing as writing. Over the years I have noticed almost everyone grows dewy eyed when talking about what he or she wants to write, or about what life will be like when said work is already written. The cold hard truth is that a book won’t get written by itself, and chances are even slimmer that it will get rewritten.
Writing a book takes a heck of a lot of commitment through the days and months of tummy upsets, sore shoulders, bad news, and all the good shows on TV or YouTube that one would rather be watching. Even after a writer has written one book or five books, the next unwritten book is still another huge undertaking. It would be easier, I expect, if one were a feted writer with a strong marketing department poised and ready to spring into action once the last period is in place. Speaking for myself, I cannot write without encouragement.
Luckily for me, thank God, I have Connie. I have been waiting for her to begin this new novel, which is going to be a sensation. Connie is a dynamite writer who knows how to keep a reader on the edge of her seat. That is the kind of reader I need to critique my upcoming novel.
Now that she is writing, one fine day soon, I will show up at her door with my first chapter. We will read through her chapter and then my chapter, and we will give each other our true feelings about the way the chapters sound, helping each other write her best. I can’t wait.
First let me say that having a writing pal as loyal as Julia is rare, and I appreciate her on so many levels. I truly hope the new novel I have begun turns out to be a sensation. I am writing it with that result in mind, because if there is one thing I’ve learned over the past decade, it’s that sensation sells. Whether it will sell for me remains to be seen, but I am going to give it my best shot.
Over the course of the next 9 – 12 months, Julia and I will provide progress reports on our respective books via posts on this blog. We are doing this for no particular reason other than we thought it might be interesting for our readers. Think of it as a mini reality show presented in print-only form. The good, the bad, and the ugly will all be covered.
I wrapped up my Writing Week One on Friday with four pretty strong pages. All told, I wrote 16 pages for the week. Given how hard beginnings (and endings) are to write, I feel pretty good about my start. It tells me that after thinking about this book for two years, I must finally be ready to write it. That means no more excuses. It will be full speed ahead from now until I type those infamous asterisks after the final scene to signal the end. That’s all for today, I have to get back to work!