Slow and Steady

I’m finding it hard being an author in this day and age. I’ve gotten so used to instant gratification, that I forget how tedious the writing process can be. I’ve become accustomed to writing a piece of microfiction, getting it posted somewhere, and sending it out to the world. And within minutes, someone notices, and I’m happy. On to the next.

However, I’m doing something a bit out of my comfort zone and I’m kind of struggling. I’m writing a novella/novelette. I’m doing it as though writing for a Role Play blog. I’m writing each chapter as though a single post–a single timeline–in a much larger story. I’m having a ball, but I’m also working to get past the anxiety of not shooting it out on social media as soon as it’s done.

I got the idea from a fellow writer, Michelle Teems. I had the pleasure of writing with her in a Role Play blog, where she created the role of Dracula. She has taken that idea a step further and written a short novella titled Dark Night of the Hunter. It’s an awesome story about Dracula in the modern world, stalked by a legendary hunter. I read the whole thing non-stop and found myself craving more. I highly recommend it.

I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they don’t understand how I can write microfiction and/or short stories without turning them into full-length novels. I have trouble understanding how people can write full-length novels. I get bored easily and most of my attempts at writing anything that long goes unfinished. So maybe this will be my saving grace.

The thing is, though, I’m enjoying writing this piece. I’m combining my love of ancient history with my love of fiction. I get to take the elements that are known facts and add my own spin as to what really happened. It’s my way of creating magic and I’m having a blast.

Once I’ve finished the first draft of the entire project, I’ll start looking into getting it put together in an actual book form. Though I’ve done it before, I hate this process. I’ve only published one book on Amazon, so I’m sure I’ll make a few mistakes along the way. However, I’ll simply chalk it up as a learning experience and do it again.

I have several ideas for future novellas and maybe an actual novel in the future. But I’ve got to take this one step at a time. I have a bad habit of trying to do too much, too fast. Because of this, I usually get frustrated and move on to something else. I can’t allow myself to do that this time. Wish me luck.

It’s important for me to remember the old adage, Slow and Steady Wins the Race. And though I don’t have a deadline to meet with this project, I do want to make sure I stay on top of it until it’s up and ready for sale. I may never make a million dollars doing this, but each step I take brings me a little closer to my dream.

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Image by Adrian Marks from Pixabay

 

 

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