Those fireworks are celebrating the completion of the Signs and Wonders rough draft at 4 p.m. Thursday. Woohoo! So I have another hour of break time before I print out Chapter 2 and start making marks in red ink.
(One way to force yourself to write is to set a publishing date for your novel before it’s finished. I recommend having a highly detailed outline — complete with dialogue — before you do that!)
So the rough draft is done but the novel isn’t. There are things I’m going to want to revise and there’s already a subplot that needs beefing up. And there is, of course, much marketing and publicity work to be done before Aug. 2.
I haven’t done much reading the last two months because it always messes with my head. And, sure enough, a few pages last night into W.P Kinsella’s “Shoeless Joe” (i.e. “Field of Dreams”) I was thinking to myself: “Man, I write nothing like this genius.”
That’s where I had to stop.
There’s nothing wrong with the fact that I don’t construct sentences like Kinsella. It just means my writing style is different.
Stay true, stay true, stay true to yourself. Remember: There’s one only of you, so don’t waste your time trying to be someone else.