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One Thing I’ve Learned About Writing a Novel…

I’m going to keep this short and sweet!

The short answer… It’s not that serious!  It’s really not!   And here’s why.

To me.  In my head, I had the greatest idea for a Young Adult teen fiction series.  It was going to be the and enlighten kids and get them to pick up a book to read and change their lives for the better.

I took my time and made sure I crafted my masterpiece to perfection.  Time was of no essence because that’s why I was going to self-publish so that I could do what I wanted when I wanted.

Long story short.  I battled with the POV right from the beginning.  I had written it in 1st POV then changed and rewritten it again in 3rd POV and I do believe I went back and forth like this for quite a few times.  Until I decided on both.

Anyway it took me over a year to complete this novel.  When it was all done and edited, I then decided the book was too freaking long!  So I chopped it in half and made two parts from it.

To test the waters, I had a short story… very short story I had written ten years ago which was only about 7,ooo words or so.  I published that first to make sure I knew what I was doing and each steps I had to take on Amazon to publish en ebook.

Well the book was never supposed to be for sale let alone have actual people even read the book.  But of course, Amazon MAKES you do at least $.99.  As soon as I uploaded it… people started downloading like crazy!  And that was with no advertising!  I have never not once solicited any reviews so none of my family or friends have even left a review.

So I figure… well if you guys love something that I only took a week to write ten years ago… You’re going to really love this series that took me over a year to write.  I mean I actually sweated bullets and blood for that series and hovered over it with a fine toothed comb.quote-writing-is-easy-all-you-do-is-sit-staring-at-a-blank-sheet-of-paper-until-drops-of-blood-gene-fowler-10-3-0322

Guess what happened guys?  That’s right!  Kissing Cousins is and still remains to be my #1 best seller!  Why is that?  I ask myself that everyday!  Is is the title?  Is it because it’s a short read?  I have no idea!  Fitting In: The Westbrook High Series, is still struggling!  Book 1 had only 4 reviews and Book 2 just got it’s 1st review!  I’m not complaining!  Don’t get me wrong because I am thankful for the reviews I have!  Just merely making a comparison of an observation. 🙂

So yea, I read somewhere… (I know I’m beating myself in the head right now because I would like to find that book again for myself)  Anyway, the book said,

Just freaking write!  You can edit some but just write and get it out there.  If you find a mistake just edit it later!  People are either going to like your stuff or not.  Don’t sit there harping over it and spending all your life writing and editing a book that someone might not even read or like!

Yea I paraphrased it of course but that’s the jist of what it said.  You know what?  I kind of agree… well I do agree because it takes me forever to finish editing or just let the book get out there to be seen in the first place.

For instance, the Christian fiction I wrote and won during Nanowrimo November, 2015… It’s still technically unpublished!  I’ve been sitting on the editing part for a year next month!  UGHHHHHHH!

So what I did was swallow hard, do a quick edit, and send it to createspace to get my own proof copy and edit it that way!  Sometimes it’s hard to see my mistakes looking at the computer screen and sending it as an ebook to my Kindle was having the same effect.

But looking at the physical book in my hand felt great and empowering like I had definitely accomplished something.  As soon as I opened the book, I saw at least 2 mistakes on page 1!  So yes, it works.

What We Learn:

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff:  It’s not that serious!  People are going to like it or not like it.  Get it out there and fix your mistakes later.
  2. Get a physical book:  Grab a copy of your book in it’s book form to edit.

What about you?  Do you agree or disagree?  Do you have any tips to share?  Let’s discuss it!