A Novel Idea

Random pic that I took but love and want to share with you!
Random pic that I took but love and want to share with you!

My bf actually convinced me to go to the gym yesterday, as some of you might remember is my “favorite place” in the world.  😉  It wasn’t so bad really, not as bad as usual because there weren’t many people there.  I just have the hardest time touching the equipment.  I feel like I can just see the germs squirming around on whatever handle bar or cushion I’m about ready to use.  I’ve decided that the manual treadmills are the best because I don’t have to touch the keypad to get it started.  Still gross though.  The only thing I like about going to work out is the time I can spend with my bf.  Despite the germs and the fact that I hate working out and my left, upper wisdom tooth is finally coming in and it is painful, I had a good time 😉

Ok, enough complaining.  I wanted to share with everyone that I am writing a novel!  I have written a few chapters so far and am looking for a bit of encouragement to write the thing every day.  I don’t want to give too much away because it’s still in its infancy, but let’s just say it is based somewhat on a real life account and is mixed with the paranormal.  I have written a novel already, but I am not sure if it’s ready to publish.  I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have started and never finished a novel.  I want to finish this one!  I think it has a promising storyline.  🙂  I think the fact that I have a new laptop, which is actually my bf’s “old” Mac, is inspiring me to continue writing.  He is getting a new Macbook Air and said I could have his current one 🙂  Very sweet of him.  It’s still almost like new and is actually only a couple of years old.  I love Apple products, but have always had a PC myself, mostly because of price.  In reality, it’s worth it to buy a Mac because they last sooo much longer.  Gosh that sounds like an advertisement!

Anyway, if you have any suggestions on how to get inspired to write, please share them!  I need a more reliable muse 😉

Thanks for reading.

 

Best,

M

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88 thoughts on “A Novel Idea

  1. I think if you have the determination to succeed then you will and if this storyline is really taking off, you’ll find that you’re thinking about it all of the time and it will hopefully be something that you can’t wait to get down! Also having a Macbook helps! 🙂

  2. Congratulations for the novel and for starting to work out. I hate sport, too, from time to time I think about starting to go to the gym, but I’m too lazy. And about the novel, I think it’s awesome to write a novel, I started to write some things but for me the prose don’t flow easy, it’s easy to me to write poetry.

    1. I enjoy writing poetry too, but being able to create an entire storyline, for me, is really fun to do. I just hope I can wrap up the ending smoothly. That’s the hardest part in my opinion.

  3. Finding what inspires you takes practice. Writing is an art as well as a skilled trade. You already have the creativity and the ability. Anyone who reads your blog will see that. I had a conversation about this with my grandfather once, and he laughed at my worries and said, “Don’t worry son, everything you need is already inside of you”. Years later, I saw it and accepted it. Knowing/believing that you have an unlimited supply of ideas and words is the key. Your desire alone should be inspiration enough to write ten novels. This is what I believe to be the dividing line between writers and people who want to be writers; some things can be learned, but the most important things are invisible and innate. I hope that helps. 🙂

  4. Use your OCD as a benefit. Schedule time every day, that is writing time. Buddy of mine says doing a novel is a job and the schedule helped him a lot! Would LOVE to read when done, but I want an autographed copy 🙂

    1. The schedule is actually a great idea 🙂 I am definitely going to do that. If ever I publish this you will definitely get a signed copy 🙂

      1. Any time Megan. Hey, I am FAR from an expert. But when my buddy Jim wrote his novel he had me read parts to see if it made sense, the dialogue was believable and if I had any suggestions. I’d be happy to help if I can 🙂
        Just make sure to remember the “so expert” part 🙂

      2. That would be really awesome actually! I was thinking about posting the first chapter here, but I was also thinking about letting some of my readers take a look at it too. If you’re interested, I’d be happy to share it with you 🙂

  5. I’m exactly the same! I always start writing novels but never finish them because I get bored! My advice would be to not plan out too much in advance- if you keep yourself guessing when you don’t know exactly where the story is going it keeps you more interested. I’ve tried that out and it helped me keep going with one of my attempts! Good luck 🙂

    1. I hate that I get bored, but the last attempt was actually the closest I’ve got to finishing. The key is definitely to not plan it too much and to just let it write itself. That’s the best way for me in my opinion 🙂

      1. Yeah definitely! My problem is if I know what’s going to happen, I get bored and give up cos I know the storyline already! Which is such a waste haha!

  6. Congratulations!!! That is so exciting. I am trying to write. Not doing a very good job. In my own way. BUT, this is so very very exciting. I can’t wait to find out more in the future!

  7. Keep a word count! Aim for a certain amount of words a day (or at least a week) and hold yourself accountable on your lovely blog =) It’ll give you an incentive (people will be watching O.o), and you can give yourself some sort of reward for reaching the goal, too. Good luck!

  8. I just read that tackling a big story theme can be like scaling a glacier. It sounds like you’re doing a great job by tackling the characters and little pieces one by one. I found this to be extremely helpful with my writing. Just show up and do what you can, write just one paragraph if that’s what you need to do. Happy writing!

  9. I would say, when starting out, to write every day without exception. Find a time that works for you. Say, every day at 9:00 AM. If you have to adjust different times with different days (Mondays at 9:00 AM, Tuesdays at 5:00 PM, etc.) do that. Are you on the first draft? That may be the most painful experience, as you might already know. Once you have completed that draft, though, you are on to better things! Revision, in my opinion, is much less scary.
    Best of luck.
    –JW

    1. I am on my first draft, which is definitely the most difficult for me because I have trouble making the ending come together 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement. I’m all the more motivated now to get on to revision.

  10. You’re the second person in my WordPress reader today who’s announced that they’re starting a novel. I think it’s a sign. I have to start something new soon, too!

    Good luck!

  11. Love the perspective in your photo. That’s happy news about your novel, good for you! As far as advice, or inspiration, I’ll be curious to see what others say. For me, I found certain times of day are better than others to write (because of my energy and fewer distractions.) I’ll be cheering you on! 🙂

    1. I definitely agree with you there. I can’t write if it’s right after I’ve eaten or anytime that the weather is perfect 😉 I’d rather be outside then inside in front of a screen any day. Of course, those are the days I whip out the old journal and do my writing there.

      1. LOL, I hear ya! Oh gosh, I’ve never even entertained the idea of writing after eating. 🙂 I know you’ll find what works best for you. I’m LOVING all the replies you’ve received, how cool is that? Talk about support. You go!

      2. I am amazed by the amount of support that fellow bloggers give to me daily. There are some amazing people in this world and a great deal of them stop by here 🙂

  12. In addition to setting a schedule, you could always try setting a daily word count. That’s how I got 30 chapters of my novel I’m currently working on. Of course I was also participating in NaNoWriMo. Earnest Hemmingway suggested that authors stop writing for the day when they know what’s going to happen next. I think it is so we don’t write ourselves into a Writer’s Block. Anyway, that is the only advice I have. It sounds like it will be interesting novel. Keep us all posted.

    1. I think the word count is the best way to go because I have a goal of at least 70,000 words. In this case, a word count is key. I also find that writing without a definite plan helps me keep the excitement in the story 🙂 Great advice!

  13. Hey good luck with the novel! I get you about the gym…I hate touching the bars, so I use gym gloves and wash them after each session! It works for me. Lol hugs Paula xxx

    1. I should get some gym gloves 🙂 that would probably help me out a bit with my anxieties in the gym 🙂 Thanks for the luck! I’ll take all I can get.

  14. Read Anne Lamott’s book “Bird by Bird.” It helped me (a lot!) when I was writing a book.

  15. Hi Megan, I found you through your Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder article you wrote after googling living with ocd. I too was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder when I was in high school and it semi went away when I attended college. But soon after it came back with a vengeance and has been getting progressively worse over the past few years. I’ve been trying to find people I can relate to and maybe talk to that understand what I’m going through. I’m so glad I came across your blog and can’t wait to follow along and hear some of your experiences. Congrats on writing a novel!

    1. Hello there Kaleigh 🙂 I’m very glad to meet you. Thank you for sharing a little about yourself. I can definitely relate to some of the things you’ve experienced and have empathy for you. I’ve been there, done that, and am doing it!

  16. Do not start with a theme.
    What I did was create characters, make a world for them to live in- and let them evolve on their own. Of course, my novel is far from complete and is going to take quite some time- but this is what I am doing. Give it a thought 🙂

    Good luck 🙂

    1. I thinking taking it in small steps, like you’ve suggested, is really the best advice. I try not to plan too much and sometimes I don’t even look at what I’m typing because that just makes me edit myself all the more.

  17. Congratulations! You are giving birth to your first baby. It will feel like that by the end of the last chapter! You will love it and worry and fret about it…just like a new Mom. Enjoy the process!

    1. I did not participate in Nanowrimo this last time, (I think it’s just one month, right?), but will definitely do so next chance, now that I know what it is 😉

  18. As a fellow amateur novelist, I wish you the best of luck.

    Oh, and if you get writers block or are stuck at any point, just write something. Anything. The right words will come to you eventually. And then you can just delete all the crap words. Works for me.

    1. Great idea actually 🙂 I also find that not even looking at what I’m writing helps to write what I’m imagining the story to be in a purer form. I edit myself too much otherwise 😉

  19. Just keep it up, imagine all the people who want to read your novel later. I’m one of them anyways 🙂

  20. Good luck with the novel, it sounds like you’ve got a good plan in place with aiming for the word count and you’ve already written one so take confidence from previous experience, you know you can complete this!! I look forward to following your progress, M

  21. Apple Macs are brilliant. Go BF!! 🙂
    i used to have to leave the gym when my obsession thoughts were too bad. Takes me even still to be able to be comfortable enough to excercise. or read. or write. actually it can filter down to lots of things. excercise is a good one to motivate the rest i guess, challenging, but once you get there its great.

    1. I know what you mean. The obsessive thoughts are enough to keep me away. I don’t have nearly as much difficulty in summer. My OCD is cyclical in a way and gets worse during the winter months. My bf is pretty awesome for doing that 🙂

  22. As much as I like to share awesome new stuff, the best I can offer is the old, “If you want to write, then you need to write.”
    Perhaps, this tidbit will help. I read something quite awhile ago that said, (paraphrasing):
    If you want to write, first decide why. If you are writing, just for you and your enjoyment, then do so – no one is stopping you.
    If you are reading to get published, you can do it for free yourself or there are many places that will publish your material without paying you – publish.
    If, however, you are writing to make money, now you must learn how the business of writing works. You will need to do things as each publisher wants and write for them and the audience. This is not for fun; this is a business.
    So, decide – The person who wrote this is pretty much spot on. I am now published. I didn’t get to write things exactly as I wanted, but short stories are still easier for that. I have a book idea and it has proved more difficult as I want it published if possible. We shall see. Good luck,
    Scott

    1. Your wisdom is much appreciated, Scott. I find this all very straightforward, honest, and insightful. For me, I am doing this as a personal goal. I would LOVE to get published someday, but I have no idea how to go about doing so. That part scares me quite a bit. I feel like it would be difficult to put my trust in other people and expect that they will do what I want them to with my work. I always thought it would be kind of fun to be a ghostwriter of some sort or be paid to write something. It’s kind of my ultimate dream, but who knows, that might change 🙂

      1. I would agree. For me, since I have finally published some things and been paid for something I wrote, my dream continues on as to become someone people have heard of in horror story fiction. I also have a dream of writing Sci-Fi and having it published. We shall see.
        Scott

      2. I say go for it! If you’ve already been published, you know the process and I’m positive you have the ambition to make it happen 🙂

  23. Hi Megan!
    I do think of new ways myself to write & enjoy the time to be on this blog as well. One way I think is to keep occupying your mind with what is in your storyline. It seems to me that looking for things about what your storyline is about & relating it to your life like you want is a way to write & get something off your chest & having others interested in helping you when you have spurts of nothing that will pick back up usually if you are into what you are writing about. I know it takes me a lot sometimes, but always will ask my wife about any new ideas to help me when I get stuck. I also ask her about any topics that might help as I have a real big hangup writing constantly. My main thing is to find something that relates to what I want to say even if pictures are used to bring some light on the subject of what I am writing or posting about. Hope that helps & hope it isn’t too late either. You are doing a great job! I know telling yourself about a lot of good things are also encouraging when by yourself. Keep it up! The more you do, the better you will get.
    Rodney

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