Why am I writing a book?

This month, as I am getting closer to finishing my novel, I have been reflecting on why I am writing this book. What do I hope to achieve?

Here are the reasons I want to write a fiction novel:

  • It’s one of my life goals. I don’t know why it’s important to me, but it is. I want to have written a book length story.
  • I want some one else to read and enjoy my story, even if it’s just one person.
  • It might be nice to make money on something I’ve written. Who am I kidding? It’s always nice to make money, but making money doing something you enjoy is even better.

In addition to examining my motivations, I have been thinking about how my own writing will stack up against other novels that are out there. It’s an unfortunate habit of mine. As a writer, I know this is not a good idea because I will just fill my head with doubts. I do it to other writers too though; I compare them to each other. I can’t help it. Even though I have been comparing my writing to what I’ve been reading, I have come to one conclusion:

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW GOOD IT IS RIGHT NOW.

Right now, I just need to get the first draft done.

Keeping this in mind, happy writing and reading this month!

State of My Novel Address

I originally started this blog for two purposes:

  1. to discuss with others my struggles with writing my first novel
  2. to post short stories

If you have read my previous posts, you will know that I post short stories once a month, but you may be wondering…. How is that novel coming?

As of right now, January 26, 2019, I am FINALLY nearing the end of my first draft. I pushed myself during NANOWRIMO last year and added 50,000 words to my draft. Since then I have been editing and reworking everything that I’ve written so far.

At this point, I only need to write the last part of my book (my novel is broken into 3 sections). You may be thinking, “Doesn’t that mean you have 1/3 still to go?”

Actually, no. I don’t think the third part is going to be quite as long as the first two sections were. My goal is to have a completely finished first draft by mid-February. Then I would like to read and edit one more time before I send it to my beta-readers.

My goal is to get them copies and give them 2-3 months to get back to me. (They have lives). After that, I want to use their feedback to run through it at least once more, probably twice.

When all is said and done, I would like to have a polished copy ready for the world by October 1, 2019. At this point I am planning on publishing ebook style via Amazon. (If you have any suggestions and tips on that route of publishing, let me know).

This year is it. I will have written a book. It’s happening.

Happy writing and reading this month!