Fiction Chat: On Writing Novels [Fiction on Friday Link-Up]

Before I jump into this post, can we just talk about the perfection of my new mug? I bought it last weekend in Thomasville, Georgia, at an adorable shop called The Bookshelf. It was $10, which is more than I would usually pay for a mug but I just couldn't pass it up. I feel like it is perfect for me!

Anyway, it's Friday! Fridays are easily my favorite day on the blog, because I am having so much fun with Fiction on Friday. I haven't had anyone else link up yet, and my blog gets less traffic on theses days for some reason, but I don't even care. The feedback that I do get is great, and I have people that I know in real life tell me almost every day that Fiction on Friday is something they look forward to. I love, love, love writing, and receiving such sweet comments and compliments only proves that I am pursuing my calling.

I want to try something a little different today. Every few weeks, instead of posting a new segment of my short story, I think it would be cool to have a "Fiction Chat," where I talk about whatever fiction-related stuff is on my mind. I may even eventually do some sort of question and answer edition, so be thinking of any questions pertaining to fiction writing that you may have.

For this particular post, I just want to talk a little bit about novel writing. I started writing my first book almost two years ago, and guess what? It still isn't finished. Since I began that first novel, I have made attempts at two others, and you guessed it...neither one of those have been finished either. I have had this problem for the past couple of years where I love to write, and I'm dying to publish a book...but whenever I get to a certain point in my writing I feel like it isn't good enough. So, I get discouraged and end up at a place where I only open up the files and work on continuing the stories once every couple of months. I'm way too hard on myself, and it gets me nowhere.

Novel writing is an interesting thing. It is fulfilling, enjoyable, rewarding, and infuriating all at once. It's so strange how the words can be flowing freely and beautifully one second, and the next you are ready to throw your laptop out of the second story window because one of your characters just isn't showing the development that you were hoping for. When I write segments of my short stories here, it's a little easier because I am literally just playing the story line by ear so stress isn't ever involved. However, with my novels, I have an idea of where I want the bigger picture to go, and I worry entirely too much about meeting my predetermined expectations.

A couple of weeks ago, I picked back up on writing one of these novels. And...it's going well, really well! In fact, I have been pretty on fire. It's all I can think about. I sit at work every day, antsy for the second that I can walk out of the door, drive home, and open my laptop to sit down and write. I have been experiencing a writer's high like never before. I don't know why, but I'm certainly not complaining. Maybe I have just finally realized that I am more than capable of producing a good, solid piece of written art.

And for that, I say thank you to all of you! Your kind words on all of my blog posts, fiction and nonfiction, have given me the boost that I need to get back on the path to achieving my writing goals. Y'all are great, really great.

If you write fiction, what are the pros and cons of the writing process for you? Does doubt in yourself lead to the destruction of your writing?

Have fiction from the past week that you would like to share? How about anything fiction-related? Add a button to your post, and link up below!

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Steve Finnell said...
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Vicky Hunt said...

Keep believing in yourself and doing what you love....it will one day pay off! I'm so proud of you for following your dream....and I will always believe in you. Now....you are making us wait to see what happens next....shame on you! LOL..;)

Kelli @She Crab Soup said...

The first guy commenting up there, I'm not sure he read your post but I digress.

I love your Fiction on Friday's and WHEN you finish your book I am going to be at the store on release day waiting to buy it!

Joey said...

Okay. My #1 piece of advice--finish writing one thing at a time. Even if you think it totally sucks. Purge it out. THEN go back and fix it. Having a skeleton of a story is much easier to shift and piece together and revise than working with half an idea. I'm in the final stages of what I hope to be my final revisions for a novel I wrote 4 years ago. It's grueling work. And a lot of times I want to fling it out the window (especially when I get caught reading really deliciously awesome books and think to myself "well, mine is crap.") It's like running. In the middle of a run you might feel like you're going to die and it'll never be over. You're out of breath. And then you see some jerk fitness pro blow past you, and you want to give up all together. Don't. Finish YOUR run.

Kelly @ [Big Apple, Little Bites] said...

Love the mug. I wrote a novel in college and finished it and tried to get it published. I failed. Then I interned at a literary agency and then a publishing house (HarperCollins) and learned that my writing was terrible ha. No wonder I didn't get published. My career is very sciency now and I hardly ever write anymore. I don't know if I'd ever try to write a book again.

Good luck though :) It's better to take your time and do it the right way.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Glad to hear that writing is going so well for you right now, girl! Way to be on fire! :)

Pleas(e) and Carrots said...

I cannot wait til you finish writing a book, I know it's going to be awesome!!

Princess Burlap said...

So I know I am completely late on this, but I just have to say that I really love the way you paint the "writer's high". I have never been able to describe it before but it really is a high. I've been on one lately as well. My husband writes fiction books (he had an agent and interest from Viking Penguin then his life turned upside down and he didn't write for ten years) and he has been encouraging me to try fiction. I felt brave one day after reading Stephen King's On Writing and so I gave it a shot, and I just can't stop thinking about this world that I created, the characters, the places. I'm anxious every day to get back to it.

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