I have to say this has been a serious giggle. Long time readers will recall I started the process in November of last year – and then abandoned the NaNoWriMo by the end of the month with the full understanding I didn’t know how to write a novel. In my mind, simply putting X number of words down wasn’t going to give me a good story. I then launched into the process of discovering what made a story and how it was all structured. Read some books, got some coaching and uploaded it all into my brain.
That initial learning process finished on July 15 and I started putting the words down on that date using Scrivener as the word processor
I shipped the book to the editorial team this morning at 65,000 words. A short novel but still, novel length.
The pseudonym is alive, well and becoming established on a variety of electronic media. And no, I won’t share that name with you as I want to make the launch as clean and new as possible. This is starting right from ground zero as all new writers do and that’s part of the process for me.
Part of the issue with writing in two genres is keeping track of who I am when I post something. It’s far too easy to post something under my name when it should be under the pseudonym’s identity. I wound up using different browsers and organizing my gardening work on one with a second being the fiction work. Change streams – change browsers.
Now? I get to go back, revisit all the parts of the story process again (and again, and again) as I begin to craft the next one.
The point? It’s been very much like finding a cherry at the bottom of your drink when you normally drink beer. It’s a rare pleasure, a delight to explore and find new creative avenues and maybe, just maybe there’s a cherry down here somewhere.