On 1st January 2016 I decided to write a novel and finish it. I’ve attempted to write a novel before but I’ve always failed to finish the manuscript for various reasons. The closest I’ve come to producing a manuscript was during my final year at university. On 3rd March 2017, fifteen months after I started it, I finished my novel. Like a marathon runner I’ve enjoyed the experience but I’m glad it’s over.
It was hardwired into me at University that after completing a writing project I should write a reflective essay reviewing the process. This isn’t an essay but it will serve the same purpose.
I made an announcement on my social media platforms in 2016 revealing the deadline for my novel to be 31 January, 2017. I had heard that the fear of publicly failing was a good motivator and that many writers do this, for example Russell T Davis. While it’s true that this technique does work it is not a nice experience and I would never do it again. I overshot the original deadline but when compared to authors such as George R.R. Martin who sometimes hands in his work years late I think I’m okay. It was a self imposed deadline so there won’t be any consequences.
Why was I late completing my novel? Real life got in the way. I had a change of job which meant less writing time, I had computers problems (I swapped from a PC to a Mac and experienced some teething problems) and I underestimated how long the editing process would be.
What’s next? I’m going to leave Empty Nights on my desktop for a while and enter writing competitons. I have a list of stories that I need to write/edit/submit. After that I’ll return to Empty Nights and approach Literary Agents. While Empty Nights is being submitted to Agents I’ll start working on the next novel.
Thank you for your support, it means the world to me and I’ll see you next time.