Finally! After two very unproductive days, at least as far as word counts, I’m happy to say this has been a good one. Last night I vowed to get up early and hit the keyboard. And I did. By 6:30 this morning I was armed with a cup of hot chocolate and a CD of my favorite songs courtesy of my daughter. Though there was a fair share of typing, deleting, and thesaurus checking, I’m pleased with my day’s work. I added just over 1900 words to my second novel, Garden Variety. I’m at the midway mark in chapter 4 and my main character finds herself enjoying a trip down memory lane with the sister who stole her boyfriend two decades ago. It’s amazing how a simple pizza can make peace between two sisters. It’s the bottle of wine all three sisters share later that night while rummaging through the attic later that causes fireworks. Ah, but you’ll have to read the book to find out what’s in store for the Kohler sisters. When I get ‘the call’ I’ll be sure to let you know when to expect it on the shelf at your bookstore.
As for the novel that I am knee deep in editing it’s been a good day as well. Chapter 4 is almost complete and shaping up nicely. What I’m finding as I go along are not only better word choices but fragments of a subplot that slipped out of my fingers as the story progressed. I still like it and I’m going to be sure to weave that in as I move along in my editing.
Writing a novel is so different from writing feature articles, but I’m starting to feel that, like feature writing, the more I write the better I’ll get. I don’t know if I’ll come to the point where I can boast of being an award winning novelist as I can about my article credits, but I’ve added it to my ‘pie in the sky’ goal list. Speaking of pie in the sky goals, I also have ‘seeing my name in the RWR magazine’, ‘a book signing at a NYC bookstore’ and ‘having a book reviewed in Romantic Times Books Review magazine’ on that list as well. There are a few more that I’ll reveal in time but for now these will do.
So for those of you who are writers, what are some of your pie in the sky goals? Don’t be shy. We’re all friends here and we’re all on the same journey! Share!