Ensign’s Log, Entry 2: One chapter at a time — 4 Comments

  1. I’m working on my first novel, and it’s a slow and steady progress. Also often quite sporadic. I think especially the first (or two) novels may take a really long time to finish for anyone because everything about the process is new, and you only learn novel writing by doing it. Shorter fiction doesn’t quite prepare for it.

    “I’ve learned that forcing myself to write doesn’t make me happy and tends to lead to, well, nothing that will ever be publishable.”

    This is how I feel too. Setting big word count goals quickly sets me up for a failure. But if I give myself some freedom, writing flows a lot easier.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who needs that freedom instead of an enforced routine (although I do hope to fall casually into a routine once I’ve found a job and settled in.)

      Definitely The Astrals has taken longer than Augment because of its origins–the original was written a long time ago and my writing has improved a lot since then, and since the second revision a few years ago. But the current revision is becoming what I’ve wanted this book to be for a long time.

      I wish you the best of luck with your first novel! Just keep taking it one chapter at time. You’ll get there, and it’s worth the journey, all the sweat and tears and killing of darlings. I’m sure of that.