In June 2010, I put it out there that I wanted to write a book.
"I want to write a book. While I'd love for it to be published, I know
the chances are slim. I don't know if I'm good enough or not. But I
still want to prove to myself that I can do it.
After years of
saying "I'd love to write a book", I've given myself a deadline of my
40th b'day in October. I have a children's book in mind (or maybe YA -
will see how it turns out). At least I have the vague story line and
the setting, but I don't have enough of a plot in mind as yet."
I did a Creative Writing Course through the Sydney Writer's Centre which really helped me on my way. In July, I joined the Romance Writer's of Australia. The children's book was put aside for a women's fiction in August. My 40th birthday came and went. (Who was I kidding? Write a book in 4 months??!)
In April last year, I started writing a category romance, thinking that it was more 'completable' with the shorter word count. I got to about 30,000 words and stopped. At the conference in August, I had the epiphany that I really wanted to write women's fiction, not category romance, so I started playing around with the one I'd started in 2010.
My 41st birthday came and went. I was up to about 10,000 words.
Based on feedback from competition judges and critique partners, which pretty much said my story started in the wrong place, I started from scratch again in Dec 2011.
Since then, I've written fairly consistently (if not very quickly!) and yesterday, I finished my women's fiction at 70,000 words!! Writing THE END was a very exciting moment!
It needs a heck of a lot of work, I know that - characters that appear and disappear, no description, boring sentences, scenes that go nowhere - but there's a beginning, a middle and an end, some conflict and character growth.
So now I'm going to put it aside until after conference so I can come to it fresh and inspired. Then the hard work of editing will start.
But in the meantime, I'm going to bask in the knowledge that I've done something I always wanted to do! (And before my 42nd b'day - close enough!)