A NOVEL JOURNEY
Writing & Publishing A Novel
Writing a novel is hard.
Amazing revelation, right? But why it’s hard, that’s a little more complicated. For some, it’s coming up with the perfect idea. For others, getting the right words down on the page. Perhaps it’s pacing a story well or crafting characters that feel real. Maybe it’s developing a meaningful theme. Heck, naming the book is its own gargantuan struggle.
For me (in addition to some of those things listed above), it’s a feeling of accomplishment. I’m a short story gal by nature who loves the moment of finishing. Flash fiction is my favorite because I can write a draft in one sitting.
Novels, though, are an entirely different beast. For me to keep going, I need a finish line. Chapter markers are my best bet, and because I’m a very visual person, bullet journals give me that satisfying moment. I create a chapter tracker (stolen from one of a million trackers online – Pinterest is my best friend) and color in each chapter marker once I’ve completed the writing. It’s a tiny celebration but allows me to see how far I’ve come and what I need to do to complete my first and sloppy draft of the novel.
Whatever your reward style is, make sure you celebrate along the way. There are many tiny wins on your way to that novel.