It is that time of the month, where I feel safe to reveal some of my insecurities for the world to see. It is Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day!
My main concern for the month is that my first novel-writing experience has ruined me for the rest of my writing career.
In June, I finished a month-long writing challenge called JuNoWriMo. With a goal of 50,000 words, I was able to write over 75,000 words. I did what the challenge asked me to do; Just Write. I really enjoyed writing this way. It was my first novel. But, it was a novel I had been thinking about for over 2 years. I knew exactly how it was supposed to start and end. I knew the main character inside and out. I knew the setting backward and forward. I knew the lesson my MC was supposed to learn by the end and she got there after going through several conflicts. The issues in the beginning came to complete and sometimes funny conclusions at the end. Dare I say it, the process was easy.
Don’t get me wrong, I woke up early to write. I stayed up late to write. I didn’t go out much and a couple of days I didn’t bath (Am I sharing too much?). But, in the grand scheme of things, I felt that the month went very smoothly.
I created a daily journal about my writing experience and there were only a couple of days that I would classify as me having a “moment”. Other than that, it was so much fun.
My concern is what if the next time it is not so easy. No way it could be. I have another story idea, which I just thought about this month. It is with two MC, but besides the broad story, I know nothing about them. It is in familiar settings, but it will still take some research. And, I have an idea of where it should start, but no idea of where it will end.
I am concerned that the process isn’t going to be so easy and will I be up for it. I have given myself a month to outline and plan and then jumping right back into the writing fray with Camp Nanowrimo in August.
I would love it if my first experience was my writing process, but, I don’t think that is realistic.
Did my first novel-writing experience ruin me for life?