The End!

March 31, 2010

And so it is complete – my very first novel! Written start to finish, right down to the very "THE END." How thrilling it was to write those two little words! A tad cliche, perhaps, but still.

Granted, this is the first draft. Of many, doubtless. But hooray – I have accomplished something I had never really dreamed of, and now I hope there will be many more to come!

Now all I need to do is get it presentable in time for a writer’s conference in a few weeks….no problem, right? 🙂


Poll: What to write?

March 29, 2010

What to write?

March 29, 2010

For a long time, the most creative thing I wrote was an interesting intro or conclusion to a critical writing paper, or (more recently) a sensational header for an informative health science article.

Now, I am completing my first novel (a Regency romance) and beginning my second (young adult fiction). How did this happen? Is it normal to want to experiment in multiple genres right off the bat?

I am thrilled to death about actually completing an entire book, and even more excited that I now have a multitude of ideas for new ones floating around in my head! Which is best? What should I focus on? How do you direct a writing career that is just starting?

So what began as a blog for health science and nutrition information will be undergoing a metamorphosis!  My interests in those areas have not disappeared, but my efforts at producing a personal site have changed in direction.  Now, I hope to make this site about my writing endeavors in general – the craft of quality writing, and the improvement and proliferation of my work.  I want to learn from others about freelance work, to share what I learn along the way, and to encourage others to keep learning with me!

I  have nearly finished writing a book – my first! – and this throws into sharp relief the fact that I am truly at the beginning of what I hope will be a long writing career.  During a brief stint of unemployment after graduating last year, I picked up my computer and started writing.  Exactly why, I don’t know!  What I do know, however, is that I loved it.  This was a new thing for me, as creative writing had always been my absolute least favorite subject in my entire education.  But this, this was different!

You see, I love Jane Austen novels.  I love historical fiction.  I love lots of fiction (and yes, some non-fiction, too).  After watching a few too many Jane Austen-inspired movies and mini-series that month I was out of work, I kept thinking, “I love this stuff.  I just wish she had written more, so I could keep reading more of her stories!”  I suppose it struck me then that, “Hey, I could make up my own stories!”  They would follow the road map for maddening relationships and happy endings that Jane Austen set forth, and I would never run out of material (well, hopefully not)!

And so the idea for my first novel was born.  I look forward to sharing the ups and downs of my experience of revising and querying over the next few months, and then I hope to also share the joy of publication with you!  I would love to hear from anyone reading this about their favorite sites for literary discussion, the writer’s market, tips for writing or publishing, etc.

Best wishes, and happy reading (and writing)!