I’ve said it before. Writing is hard.
I’ve been having a rough year in general, and I started a new job that has proven to be a nearly overwhelming challenge, so writing got put on the back burner. Then someone talked me into doing NaNoWriMo.
For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, when authors take over the month of November and write a 50,000 word novel. Which, for those of us with overwhelming day jobs, is quite the challenge. Probably too much.
But don’t play to win, my friend said. Just play. Just write.
I’ve been stuck on a particularly deep plot hole in my first novel for much too long. Meanwhile, ideas for the third book have been floating around in my head, taking up valuable space and keeping me from moving forward. So, I’ve decided to indulge my brain. If it’s Book Three it wants, then Book Three it shall have.
Announcing: What You Wish For: The Journeymen Book Three.
No, this isn’t the real cover. But it’s pretty, isn’t it? It’s there to remind me that I’m writing a real book. Sometimes we need that reminder.
Not to spoil things, but my time traveling couple do eventually get together, and this is the story of their honeymoon in Regency England.
I won’t really go deeper than that, since nobody has read the first two books yet. We’ll just leave it there.
Not only is it exciting to have a new project to work on, but apparently the whole exercise of writing regularly again has broken up the clog on Book One: Shadow of the Portico. In other words, I think I figured out how to fix that plot issue.
There are times when I think that I’ll never really learn how to do this whole writing gig well. That I’ll remain an hobbyist, that I’ll never quite have a finished product that I’m proud enough to release to the world. But then NaNoWriMo comes along, and the joy of creation blooms once again.
I hope you, my dear reader, has something like this in your life. Something that makes it all worthwhile, that breathes life into you. I adore my family and friends and thank God for them every day… but that’s not what I mean. I mean that thing that adds a spark into your soul, that makes you so utterly YOU.
May whatever it is bring you unspeakable joy. Never let anyone take it from you. Trust me.