Starting your draft novel can feel great. It is very similar to the start of a relationship. In the early days it’s all about spending as much time as possible with each other and having fun. Then the magic starts to fade…
- The Honeymoon Stage. You and your draft novel are in the honeymoon stage. A wild and powerful phase where you cannot seem to get enough of each other. Cue the late nights writing, early mornings and soft moans of literary pleasure from you, when someone asks you about what you are working on. Loved ones and pets are pleased that you are beavering away in Writing Corner. When you are not writing you are skipping merrily through the house with a dreamy expression on your face thinking about your beloved story.
- The Denial Stage. You are coming to the end of the honeymoon stage. Your love for your draft novel is not as intense as it used to be. A couple of writing sessions have been skipped as you chose to put your book shelves into alphabetical order and give the cat a much-needed make over. You reassure yourself by saying that this change in emotions is because you are…tired! Yes that’s right – you are weary and exhausted. All the big literary names get ‘novel writing fatigue’ at some stage. You just need a break! Ok – so you are suffering with it at 8k words but that doesn’t mean anything. Does it?
- The Cooling Off Stage. This is the stage where your love for your draft novel really starts to cool off. Coincidentally the story begins to lose its magical sparkle just as you enter the HARD WORK phase. Such an amazing coincidence! Obviously you tell yourself that your change of heart for your draft has nothing to do with you shirking away from hard work. You are just bored with your story and all the big literary names must go through this. It is a struggle for you to get excited about chapter three and even thinking about chapter four brings on a groan, followed by a yawn. Other tasks around the house start to seem very attractive like taking out the rubbish, weeding the garden and ironing your loved one’s underwear. Sigh!
- Lose Interest Stage. You have officially lost interest in writing your draft novel. It’s been a few days since you last wrote anything. In your head you have written off your story as it was a bit dull or just not right. Instead of writing you prefer to lie on the sofa with your eyes closed, whilst stuffing Oreo biscuits into your mouth in quick succession. Writer friends ask you how your draft is coming along and you will say “I have lost interest in it!” – decoded this means “it got a bit hard so I gave up!”
- Hope. This stage will go one of two ways. You will either crawl back to your story in a few days / weeks and tell yourself that if you don’t work through this phase you will never finish anything. This will happen after you have read a motivational article or perhaps been on the receiving end of some strong words from a concerned writing friend. On the other hand you might just fall madly and deeply in love with another story! Sigh!
Have a fantastic day all 🙂