On ending books, beginning books, and being in the middle of things

I took a few days off from my blog this last week, and it’s mostly because I was trying to take my own advice and be an author. I’d set a personal goal to be finished by the end of August with the revisions on the novel I’ll be publishing this year. Well. It then became September. So I changed my goal to be done by the first week of September. I came close when I finished it yesterday, on the 12th. At least I made it before the month was half over. Yay for achieving goals…even if they’re a little late.

But I did it. Shed a couple of tears (literally. I’ll be writing about bittersweet endings sometime soon) and then wrote those two wonderful words, “THE END.”

And then I said…oh boy. Now what?

I’ve got myself a very nice plan for my writing goals, and the next step in that plan is to revise my NaNo novel from 2012. It’s been sitting on a back shelf for four years now, begging for some attention. I decided I was going to try to get that one published second, but there’s just one problem.

I have to start it.

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As a NaNo novel that has not seen much revision in the last four years, it certainly has its fair share of…how shall I put it…parts that could be better. One of those particular parts is the beginning. So not only do I have to make my writing better…I also have to entirely rethink what I’m going to write. (The original beginning is somewhat of a “forbidden” beginning. And yes, I know. Rules are made to be broken, but only when you have a really good reason for breaking them. My reason for breaking them when I originally wrote my forbidden beginning, was because I had no idea how else to start the book. Not, in my opinion, a good reason for breaking a rule.)

So I must don my thinking cap again and push on through. I know once I get started revising, I’ll get into the swing of the story and I’ll be mostly fine (at least until I have to kill off a favorite character. That always throws on the brakes for any novel I’m working on.)

So now that I’ve addressed endings and beginnings, let’s talk about being in the middle of things. I’m currently in the middle of putting my children to bed, even though it is 9:40 and way beyond being past bedtime, so it will be a short blog post today. Good night everyone. Have fun and enjoy the writing.

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