Just checking in with a few things I’ve been thinking about lately:
– Back in the day when I first started trying to write novels and I’d see all these famous authors like Meg Cabot talk about how plotting a novel pretty much killed the fun for them I had a very odd idea of what being a “pantser” entailed. I used to think that people who never plotted just opened a word doc and started typing with little more than a character in mind. It didn’t occur to me at the time that while they did not plan every moment of their novel, most of these authors had a pretty good idea of what their novel would be ABOUT first. Most, indeed, knew how the story ended. As you can imagine, this led to me writing many novels that never went past the 20 page mark because nothing ever really happened and therefore I got bored or stuck. Funny the misconceptions people have about writing.
– I had my first chance to explain what my novel is about today. I met up with a friend for coffee and she asked and… I blushed and said “this is going to sound silly…”. I really need to face up to the fact that I am writing a novel featuring a superhero. I wonder if Diana Peterfreund ever felt embarrassed when telling people she’d written a novel about Killer Unicorns? Here’s to embracing novel pride!
– I am super tired. I gotta figure out how to fit more hours of sleep into the day.
– I made a huge long list of books I want to buy/borrow/steal and borrowed two of them today. Hoping my shopping trip on Saturday gets me a few more.