Welcome to my weekly diary entry where I record the emotional highs and lows from my writing journey.
This week I sent my draft novel to my editor. Saying goodbye to my draft novel felt like I was sending a child to boarding school. Salty tears plopped onto my breakfast granola as we said our goodbyes. I placed a kiss on my draft novel’s imaginary forehead (top of the first page) and made sure it knew my phone number in case of emergencies. My draft novel asked how long the journey would be and I said it wouldn’t take too long on the Wi-Fi train. After a lengthy hug (I pressed my forehead up against the laptop screen) I whispered, ‘missing you already.’
Then I put my book child on the Wi-Fi train and waited patiently for my editor to say it had arrived safely. She did later that day. As I was still feeling tender I took a hot bath with extra foam and ate a king-sized Twix.
So far, I haven’t had any late night phone calls from my draft novel begging me to come and collect it as it’s homesick.
Moral of this story: it can play havoc on your emotions when you part with a draft novel.
This week I got a lot of pleasure and comfort from sniffing the pages of a good paperback.
I find the aroma of paperback can solve all sorts of problems:
– Getting a nasty shock when you shave your legs for the first time this year and realise being a stranger to hair removal since last Autumn was not one of your best decisions.
– Forgiving your husband for using the last coffee machine pod.
– Squabbling pets.
I just curl up in a chair, press a good paperback into my face and sniff. Hey presto – all my niggles disappear!
When Harry Met Po
Now it is time for my fictional series based on the friendship between Harry, my cat and Po, my dog.
Po had been summoned by their owner to listen to the first few chapters of her new romance story.
Once their owner had finished reading out her story Po hurried away to find Harry.
”Well?” whispered Harry. “How was it?”
Po pressed his nose up against Harry’s cheek. “Not great.”
“Oh no – really?” whispered Harry.
“She wants me to listen to more,” muttered Po.
Harry stared at his furry friend. “But you’re not a sweet romance reader – are you?”
Po shook his head. “I am a huge fan of Westerns.”
“Thought so,” said Harry. “We have to come up with a plan.”
The next day the two furry chums kept out of their owner’s way. They thought Po was in the clear and then…
“Po,” called their owner. “Come here, Mummy has something special to show you. Chapters three and four are waiting for you.”
“Quick – act busy!” ordered Harry.
Po cast him a puzzled look. “How do I do that?”
“Stare out of the window and make it look like there is something really interesting going on outside. Trust me, cats have been doing this for centuries!”
There will be more from Harry and Po next week.
In my day job I work in product development. This week I realised that there are a lot of similarities with writing. Only taken me four years to do this. 🙄
There is a lot to learn from my day job.
In product development it takes a lot for an idea to transform into a product and be launched. There are so many hurdles for an idea to pass through. We know a good idea will power through these and get to launch.
When you work in product development you get used to failure. You also get used to rejection. Ideas are rejected daily but we never give up. Rejection simply means, ‘try again.’
Sometimes ideas have to be put aside and then re-worked to be a success, sometimes they have to be added to another idea and sometimes they just need time to pass before they are re-submitted again.
No one goes into a corner and ugly cries when one of their ideas doesn’t work or get developed – different story in my own writing life!
This week I was having a wobble about all my story ideas which haven’t worked. I felt like I have been doing something wrong. But then I thought about my day job. At work there are ideas which don’t work and there are those which are very successful. The number of ideas which have not worked outweighs the number of successful ones. You have to work through a lot of bad ideas to get to the ones that work, that’s just part of the development process. This has helped me understand my writing process.
I need to start lifting and dropping my product development mentality into my writing life and this new journey of self publishing.
Thanks for reading my blog post.
Have a great day.