Fiction, Novel, Writing

It’s always great at the beginning!

I’ve started a new novel. Ta da! Beginnings are always fun … and exciting. You just know it’s going to be the best thing you’ve ever written. In fact, it’s going to be brilliant. You’ll have a perfect blend of plot and sub-plot; your characters will be so real you wouldn’t be surprised to meet them on the street; the beginning will captivate, the middle will amaze, and the ending will linger in the reader’s heart and mind. Your book will do nothing less than astound the publishing industry!

But seriously, folks …

snoopy-typingThe idea for this book is one I’ve had for years. At the time I made preliminary notes, I imagined it as a short story, but now it seems better suited to a novel. We’ll see. If I get to 10,000 words and the story runs out, then hey, I’ve written a short story.

It’s not the book I thought I would write next. I had planned to rewrite my first novel sans the horror/paranormal element. But maybe the horror genre is about to blaze hot again and I’ll have a novel (with some editing) already good to go.

In any case, I’m writing. And this time, I’m trying not to edit too much while I write … I said trying. I know I have topics to research, and I may not be starting at the right point, and to be honest, I don’t even know what viewpoint I’m writing in—is it simple third or omniscient? I’ll figure it out soon, but for now I’m having fun.

Oh, and somebody smack me, if I start worrying about how I’ll categorize this novel!

18 thoughts on “It’s always great at the beginning!”

    1. Well, I’m trying not to edit too much. I can keep writing even though I know I’m not sure about some things, but it’s really hard for me to leave weak words, awkward phrasing, and such alone for very long. Some editing as I go works for me, though I know it doesn’t for others.


  1. Hi Linda.
    Do not let the fear of the query stop you!!!! Do not!!
    Write it, a thousand times, even it doesn’t matter. For me, it was not something that came naturally, but something that required a lot of work.

    Great to hear your writing.


    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Jennifer. I’ve written at least a dozen versions, but I think I’ve got a good one now. I’ll probably blog about it.


  2. New beginnings are like new car smell, aren’t they? Just wonderful.

    But don’t give up on that horror novel! Never give up on the horror novel! It ALWAYS rises again! Even if I have to do it myself, single-handedly. 😉


    1. My alter-ego is very “darc”, so she’ll certainly support you on the rekindling of the horror genre.

      (Ouch, sorry for the sibilant alliteration there.)


    1. I like my little NaHoCleMo meter so well, I’m putting up one for my new novel progress. I have a working title and the general outline, but I don’t plot too extensively because I know it’s going to change as I go. Part of the excitement for me is waiting to see what my characters will do.

      Good luck on yours. Yes, let’s compare.


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