Lessons From Writing A Novel
Every time I finish a new novel, I sit back and sigh. I’m always feeling so many mixed emotions.
First, I’m glad I finished! Not that it’s a hardship but when I’m writing, sometimes I don’t know what is going to happen. I feel like I’m reading the book instead of writing it! I always have an outline to work by but sometimes a character takes off in a different direction and changes an entire part of the book. That’s creativity for you!
Then, it’s nice to have an accomplishment. To see something you put your heart and soul into and have evidence that it’s exists. It’s a gratifying feeling and also gives you the energy to press toward that next goal or book, in my case.
Also, I’ve learned about self-care. Yes, I can get so intense about my writing that I forget to take care of myself. That happened during the writing of the last few books and novellas so now, as I write my newest novel, I have a writing schedule. Let’s just say things are less hectic but I have to admit that sometimes I want to keep writing because I want to know what is going to happen! LOL!
With each book, I’ve also learned more about the publishing and marketing of a novel. Just when I think I know this industry, something new comes along. But that stretches my mind and helps to grow. It also enables me to help others new to the author world.
When you accomplish a goal, can you look back and see what you have learned from the process?