In writing the sequel to Exiled, I’ve been overwhelmed with excitement and fresh idea’s. After the initial 6 months it took me to write Exiled, I spent 6 months editing, then 9 months doing nothing with it (see: epic computer problems) then 2 months polishing it before I sent it to an editor.
Add all that up and you get…
Just give me a second…
Carry the four and…
17 months. 17 months!?!?!
Now granted, 9 months was filled with dead space, but still.
Being back on the writing train has been refreshing and incredible. In all the time I spent working – and not working – on Exiled, I forgot how much fun it is to just write. I’m not worried about spelling, grammar, language use, or any of the other things we focus on later in the process. I get to “just write.”
I hated editing Exiled, because I didn’t know what I was doing. Hell, when I started writing the book I didn’t know what I was doing, so not only did I hate it, but it took me a long time to do it. After months of reading, research, following editors, agents, blogs, etc. I learned a thing or to. Things that vastly improved my craft as a writer and made editing fun, but it’s nothing like writing the first draft of a novel. In fact, I’m 70% through my first draft and it looks like the 4th draft of Exiled.
Over the last few days I realized how much fun I was having. It’s been a long time since I said that. Editing is hard and time consuming work. You need to be focused, detail oriented, and harder on yourself than anyone else could be, because we all want to write the best possible book we can!
This post is to remind you to have fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself than why are you spending countless hours of your spare time on an extra project? Whether your brainstorming an idea, writing your first draft, or deep into edits, don’t let it drag you down. We all have bad days, but don’t let it take the fun out of it. You do this because you love it remember?