I’ll become a paperback writer.
We had sold MTI and I took some time to decompress.
Since childhood, I had nurtured the idea that I was meant to be an author.
If not now, then when?
I set about converting a corner of the living room to my writer’s den, I bought an iMac and every book on writing that I could lay my hands on. I began following writers, both established, and aspiring, on Twitter.
It occurred to me that some point, I ought to write something. But what? It wasn’t as though I had a specific story in me, straining to burst from my chest.
I started this blog to chart the progress of the novel, of my becoming a paperback writer.
I thought I might write about my time in Central Europe. So, I bought Scrivener.
Well, not nothing exactly. I spent a lot of time on the internet and in the fridge. Then, I discovered NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Check out the website, but the concept is pretty simple. Write 50,000 words during the calendar month of November. So I did. It was all going so well, I wrote drafts for two novels. Around 90,000 words. Then I realised a few things.
1. A novel is a novel, a memoir is a memoir. My “novel” was more of a memoir and was interesting to me, but not to anyone else.
2. A first draft is a milestone, but it is a long way from a destination.
3. Writing fast for a thing like NaNoWriMo without a clear plan and outline produces a lot of words, just not necessarily in the right order.
The novel is not yet on the shelves, but it’s getting there. Words on this blog, added up would be pretty close to novel length too.
There is a membership option on the site, which grants access to members-only posts and electronic copies of any work that I publish in the year. Almost pre-sales of the novel, if you like.
Next week, Loggedoff Ltd.