I’ve just finished my second book by Tasha Alexander (her first) and after I did, I read her author’s not on writing the book.
If you are once sure what you do want, you find that everything else goes down before it like grass under a roller — (all other interests, your own and other people’s)
Oo, I thought. Good quote. I like it. I think I know that I want to write. I could use that quote. Then I read on.
So I’m knuckling down. Imagine actually finishing something novel-lengthed, at least a first draft. Imagine not having the guilt of the unfinished story hanging over you.
I do get caught up in whether or not my writing is any good and I get tempted to stop. But then I remind myself of Chris Baty’s dictum that a quick and dirty first draft is the only way to go.
So I wrote about 1000 words today, in fits and starts, in between doing other things.
It helped that music features largely in the story, and I was listening to some music last night that inspired me. It also didn’t hurt that K was at home today and I kept thinking “I could do with writing a bestseller and letting him retire early” (because, having worked on the fringes of the publishing industry, I know how likely that is. But hey…)
I had fun.