One month, several bottles a wine, and ten sore finger tips later, I’m done with my second novel. It was definitely an intense process. It went far faster than I would have imagined. There were days when I was not motivated to write, but I still sat down in front of the computer and with fingers like lead, I churned out several thousand words. In our day to day lives, as busy as we get, there are a lot hidden pockets of free time. I’d use lunch breaks and spend an hour writing. I’d get up early before work and write for a couple of hours. I’d stay up late. I established weekly goals and did what it took to meet them.
There was a big difference between writing this book and my first book. The first novel was written over the span of a year, with many breaks in between. It was hard to keep things cohesive and there were times where I lost a sense of character and/or place. That was not an issue with this book. Writing at least five days a week, even if for a small span of time, kept things fresh and characters real.
I’m thrilled to be done with the book. The plan now is to take off a week or two. During this time I hope to zone out for a bit and perhaps churn out a few short stories (while writing some new music and spending a bit of time stargazing).
Presently, I’m enjoying a glass of wine and watching some mindless TV. To all of you who are endeavoring to write something – anything – it can be done. Just keep writing.