I am determined to write a novel.
At least, that’s what I tell myself.
However, I suffer from the same “shiny nickel syndrome” that most writers suffer from. There always seems to be something more urgent that needs my attention. The result is that I have never gone back to write anymore of a novel after the first day of writing.
I tell myself I’m a writer every time I publish a blog post or a new installment of The Linden Tree or even a response to a writing prompt and that makes me feel okay for a day or two.
It’s not enough anymore.
Things are going to change. Nicole Rivera posted yesterday her own concerns regarding this same issue and she proposed a solution for herself. A solution that I’m going to try.
I am going to set myself a deadline for a first draft of a novel.
I am going to do exactly what Nicole is doing. I have set iGoogle as my homepage and installed a countdown app. I set the deadline to my son’s birthday – October 12th. That gives me 120 days to bang out a first draft.
I am going to see that number glaring at me every time I open my browser.
That done, it’s time to pick a book and I have two projects to choose from. One is to novelize my story Easy Money and the other is a fantasy story that takes place in a late 1800′s wild west setting. I am going to spend today going through my notes, papers and various files and make a decision as to which book will be subject to the deadline. It’s also possible (though it’s a long shot) that I may choose something completely different.
Wish me luck. If I fail at this, I’m blaming all of you. Yes, you. You guys have inflated my ego way too much and I wouldn’t be making a serious attempt at this if you all hadn’t convinced me I can write well.
It’s all on you. *wink*