It’s the weekend. I don’t have to go to work today. I don’t have to go anywhere today, actually. I don’t even have to make the dreaded trip to the supermarket and brave the deranged crowds jostling for toilet rolls (nine rolls for the price of six) and tins of mushy peas (three tins for the price of two – I wonder if there’s a connection between those two items? Hmm…). I don’t, in fact, have to do anything except write. The decks are cleared, DH is going out, the dog has been fed and has water and is lying in quiet contentment, the computer is switched on, Scrivener is open and…And I’m on WordPress writing a new blog post.
I should be working on Book Three. To be fair, I have done some work on it this morning. I’ve written half a scene. I had to, as I’d written half a scene the other day and it needed finishing off. Something tells me, however, that writing half a scene at a time isn’t the way to go. I need to hurry up.
I’ve spent the last week reading, re-reading, and re-reading yet again, Book Two. A Kiss from a Rose is being published on September 26th (plug, plug) and there’s a lot to do to make sure it’s fit to be seen. I’ve had my proof copy and I’ve studied those pages so many times I feel I know the story backwards, forwards, inside out and upside down. I’ve also spent some time – no, I’ve spent a lot of time – organising a Facebook launch party and making Facebook posts publicising both Rose and There Must Be an Angel.
I then turned my thoughts to future books, because that seemed much more interesting than actually working on the one I’m currently drafting. I now have a list of plotlines and titles that I gaze at every now and then and think how much fun it’s going to be to start work on them. I’m sure they’ll be much easier to write than Book Three. Book Three, incidentally, is not a Kearton Bay novel. I started work on the third in that series, but realised it wasn’t working and that I was having serious doubts about it. I decided to take some time off and write something completely different, which is what I’m doing now. Funnily enough, a few weeks into this novel, and I had the most fantastic idea for the third Kearton Bay book. I even came up with a title and a blurb. I can’t wait to get cracking on it, but, of course, I have to finish this unrelated Book Three first. Drat.
I wonder why it’s always the books you’re waiting to start work on that seem much more interesting than the one you’re actually writing? When I was working on the now defunct Kearton Bay Three, this novel seemed to nudge me constantly, demanding my attention. Now I’m halfway through it, I keep thinking I’d love to just start work on the next. It’s very frustrating.
I think the problem is, writing a first draft is soooo much hard work. It takes an awful lot of discipline to sit at your desk and start tapping at that keyboard – especially when it feels as if every word you’re writing is absolute rubbish and you think that each scene is getting worse than the last. My only consolation is that, I absolutely hated Angel when I was writing it, thinking it was complete drivel and would never be finished. With Rose, I thought I would need to make loads of changes when I finally got to the end of the first draft. I was amazed to finish them both and feel that, actually, they were pretty good, even if I do say so myself. So now I’m telling myself that Book Three will turn out to be the same, and this horrible churning feeling I get when I sit in front of the computer, staring at the screen and wondering how I managed to write such utter garbage, will pass.
In the meantime, I’ve learned how to make mock-up book covers for sheer entertainment value, and have encouraged my creative efforts by designing a whole library of them for every one of my planned future books. I will get them all written! Now, having got all that off my chest, it’s time to click back on Scrivener and get on with some real work. My heroine is about to learn something worrying about the hero, so I think she’s going to need chocolate. Luckily, I have a bag of Minstrels in the cupboard, just waiting.
Have a great week xx