On Writing After Publication

Now, I’m not going to lie to you. I thought it would be easy to jump right back on that horse; I was ready, flexing my writing muscles and screaming “I’VE GOT THIS!” Only to discover that I, in fact, did not have this.

Racing the Sun was a four-year long project. It took over a year to complete the first draft and then, around studying my bachelor in creative writing at uni, it took another three years to edit and finally get it to the stage where I thought it was publish-able. I tried the normal thing of pursuing agents, querying to try achieve representation, before I was told that my book was, perhaps, a little too hard to sell in the current climate.

Which took me to self-publishing. Which brought me into the world of book-formatting and working with an incredible illustrator to bring my work to life. Which we did!

And after that, I thought I could do anything. Writing is simply writing, is it not? Only, I had forgotten how difficult first drafts are when you’ve only been working on rewriting for the past handful of years. I had been working with material that was already there–and here I was, in March, scrambling to work with a 200-word long plot plan to turn it into a novella.

First drafts are tough. They’re full of staring at a blank page and praying to the muses that you’ll get something, ANYTHING, on the page before the day is out. It begins with planning how much you’d like to write each day, before you repeatedly fail on that plan (if you’re anything like me), and decide on a new one. And fail that one too.

So I’ve decided to put away with the plans. The goal is, in a way, to have DAUGHTER OF WISHES complete by the end of July this year. I’ve got my fingers crossed, but while I understand this could be a plan I’ll easily fail, I’m dedicated to it. But we’ll just see how the repetitive failure goes. I mean, it can only go up, can’t it?