Finishing your first novel is a surefire way of putting you off writing another one. I mean, it’s absolutely horrendous for a plethora of reasons. You have to spend so much time on the bloody thing. You have to battle your brain against all that criticism and doubt. You have to make sure what you’re writing isn’t total crap. You even have to put time aside to write it. TIME! ASIDE! IT!
But, guess what? You’re a writer. You have to accept that and deal with it, because writing is what you do and a writer is who you are. And you know, deep down, that writing that book will be the best thing you ever do.
Or maybe not. What do I know? I literally only just finished writing my first draft of my first novel. I’m not an expert! Don’t listen to me. I’m an idiot. But if you really want to write a book, you’re going to go ahead and do it anyway, no matter how many stories of struggle and sacrifice of sanity you hear.
So go! Get writing! It’ll be exhausting and frustrating and deflating, but it’ll also be the greatest learning experience for your writing and for your soul. You’ll discover what you’re capable of!
Here’s what I discovered…