Many years ago, when I decided to seriously focus on my writing, I had to decide what I wanted to write. Even though I really had no idea what I was about to let myself in for, I knew that it was going to be a lot of work and demand great dedication. Now call me hedonistic, but I wanted to have fun doing all that hard work.
So I chose a genre I love, topics I’m fascinated with and characters that I’m crazy about. Each book I write is great fun. I laugh (and then blush a little, because it is after all my ‘own’ jokes I’m laughing at), I cry (and am happy I chose that day to write at home—alone), I tense up and type faster and faster when the team is in danger (gotta get them to safety now!) and sigh with relief when they’re safely home, eating Vinnie’s dinner.
This is quite a long run-up to talk about the lack of progress charts for book 9. Well, in the last two weeks, writing became harder. Like reeeeeaaaaally hard. Sometimes this happens when I’m having a lazy day, so I push through it. But when a day became a few days and then went into the second week, I knew there was something bigger amiss. That’s when I looked at the story.
And that’s when I decided I didn’t like it. I wasn’t having fun with the bad guy, with the conflict it brought, the challenges Genevieve and the team had to face, and I wasn’t having fun with the team. My weekend in Ireland was exactly what I needed—it gave me just enough distance from the book to know that I needed to make changes.
Fast forward a week and I have tweaked the story (more like given it a complete do-over) and I’m having fun again! Instead of forcing the words out to make sure there’s progress each day, the words are now flowing through my fingers once again. The empty pages are filling up with situations that’s making me snort, wince, frown and pull many other faces because I’m feeling it. And loving it!
I fully believe that if I’m loving the story, living it, feeling it, this will show in my writing. It will jump from the pages and you will (hopefully) enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. The tweaking of book 9’s story has delayed the publishing date I had in mind with (only) a couple of weeks, but I’m now so excited for you to read the adventures/challenges/fun the team is having in book 9, I’m confident you won’t mind.
Now I’m going to make another coffee and get back to letting the words flow.
PS. As much as I love the look of the typewriter in the picture, I’m loving all the benefits of writing on a computer!