An efriend writer originally published this as a guest post on their blog to help me launch Against All Odds. In case you missed it there, here are my anecdotal thoughts on completing a novel with a few updates:
Let’s be honest. For most of us, completing the writing of our novel isn’t when all the pieces of the book snapped together like a Vulcan Kal-toh puzzle. I’ve published five novels in the last four years and the only reason I knew I finished was because I was too f*** sick of the story to edit one more line. I didn’t have an agent waiting breathlessly checkbook in hand, ready to start a frenzied bidding war over the power of my prose, smilingly taking over the pedestrian tasks of marketing to free my time for the cerebral act of writing. I did a happy dance, quietly uploaded my baby to Amazon KDP, Tweeted, FB’d, Instagrammed, and Parlered its availability–and then started the next one.
Here’s what I learned from writing my latest non-agented-but-published book:
- Have you ever met an ex-writer? No? That’s because hope springs eternal.
- Writing is my life’s circadian rhythm. It’s not driven by light and dark but the world around me.
- Writing is the greatest show on Earth, isn’t it? I suck it in, shake it up, put it on paper, share my reflections, and repeat.
- To NOT write a sixth (likely unagented) novel would be as likely as putting toothpaste back in its tube. In fact, I’ve already started. In the Shadows of Giants will hopefully be out Winter 2022.
- The grass is always greener on the other side of a book. Always.
- God must love Indie authors because he makes so many of us.
- I’ve transcended the belief that book sales means authorial success. I now settle for a sense of personal fulfillment and a cup of coffee.
That’s it. You now know everything I’ve learned from writing this book and you didn’t have to spend two years, eleven months, twenty-four days and eight hours in the foxhole learning it. What did you learn from writing your book?
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.