Fire up the Quattro

With all fondness and respect to my first literary baby and its four-year gestation period, I’ve longed to get on and write something different.

At last. At last… I’ve finally started work on the follow-up to Singled Out. I’ve been a Writer Without Portfolio for so many months now, that simply beginning to write words for another novel this week is a huge step.

I finished editing Singled Out in September 2013 – or so I thought. I spent several months touting it round to literary agents before realising it needed more work. Summer 2014 saw me reworking the weaker points, tweaking and honing. You could, at a stretch, argue that I was writing; there were several chunks of new text to which my creative brain was expected to apply itself. But to my mind, this was all still… editing.

Weeks of cover design, formatting, uploading, previewing and blurbing – the mechanics of self-publishing – followed. Then came those few weeks when all I could do was gaze at my KDP and CreateSpace reports and my Amazon and Goodreads reviews and will them onwards and upwards.

‘Call yourself a writer?’ sniped the little voice in my head, again and again. It couldn’t go on. I actually began to feel guilty about my lack of commitment – and the continued absence of a new work-in-progress.

Don’t get too excited. This week’s tally verges on the infinitesimal; just two pages of plot outline and 500 first draft words, the opening paragraphs. I know I should be aiming for 3,000+ words a day, and I will, once I dig-in. But after months of literary inertia even a beginning as modest as this, is significant.

It means the key is back in the ignition and my foot is twitching over the gas pedal.

Author: Jools

Abundant, Bold, Confident, Determined, Empathetic, Forthright, Grumpy, Healthier, Individual, Just me, Kind, Loving, Mellifluous, Natural, Optimistic, imPatient, Quirky, Real-world, Single-minded, unTreatable, Unwound, Verbal, Wilful, eXtraordinary, Young and old, Zero-tolerance.

12 thoughts on “Fire up the Quattro”

  1. Starting is always the hardest part. That’s a cliche, I know, but I think it happens to be true in the case of writing. So congrats on getting there. From here on out the story will beg to be written!

  2. It’s great that you’ve started your next book. Unless your natural pace is to write quickly, don’t aim for 3000 words a day. Give yourself a more achievable target and then try to stick to it. You can always increase it if you feel it’s too easy.
    Good luck and enjoy the ride!

    1. I don’t expect I’ll be writing every day. I’d like to pull a draft together in 6 months – I think that’s realistic for the time I can give it. That’s 3-4,000 words a week, which is doable. My last story grew on 500 words a week over a particularly busy work period. But that ‘minimum commitment’ did, strangely enough, keep Singled Out on-the-road and often, as I sat down to scratch out my last-minute 500 words as that Sunday evening deadline approached, I’d end up with 1,500 or 2,000 for my trouble. I need to get under the skin of my story first, then we’ll see…

      Thanks for your encouragement, Dylan. You – as ever – are my inspiration! 🙂

  3. Those voices never leave you– or is it just me– but you must fight them off. Singled Out is a wonderful book. You vocabulary is amazing and fits the story so well.

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