I have had some fun writing a fantasy story but have struggled to find time to focus on anything seriously. After receiving another detailed bit of feedback about my novel from a friend, I feel like I have a good plan of action going forward; it’s just about whether I am able to prioritise writing over other things I have to do.
I haven’t made any significant progress on my novel for some time. Recently I have found myself in a negative spiral of disinterest and insecurity regarding my novel. It’s because my desire to “be great” outstrips my willingness to “get good”.
I’ve got a confession to make, I’m a bit promiscuous with my “likes” on various websites, including WordPress, Facebook, Tumblr and more, if you know what I mean. I can sometimes have a tendency to throw them out without a care in the world, and sometimes for little more than basely practical reasons. “Liking” something can sometimes be eerily similar to going on a date just because you’re bored or hungry, or telling an acquaintance you’ll text them when you have no intention of ever using their number.
Having finished writing another chapter of my novel I feel both empty and satisfied at the same time. I feel empty because I am an impatient person and the completion of one chapter simply means I am yet to have started another. On the other hand, and of an even greater concern, I am overjoyed at my having finished anything at all. I re-read the chapter twice before posting it and sounded even better with each read. That’s a problem because it can’t have improved, nothing’s been added or changed, so why the increase in my smugness?
I’ve moved the first four chapters of my novel from my old blog to this new one and it only took me a couple of hours spread across three days. I could have done it in less time had I really wanted to, but I didn’t. This new website exists solely for my novel whereas my previous blog was a joint endeavour with my friend, featuring both fiction and non-fiction pieces; however as my novel grew it become overcrowded and needed a place of its own. It has that now.
Note: This is the last post I made on The Patient Approach blog before carrying my novel over to here.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new installment of my novel, however, it’s not because I’ve stopped writing. I’ve noticed that my last few entries have had a number of spelling and grammatical errors, as well as having a few narrative issues that might need to be rewritten.