I have been incredibly busy lately. With school starting back up this month, I spend 2 nights a week at school, and then I have homework to do for both classes. The homework for both of these classes is pretty time intensive, so with working full time and going to school I have very limited time left.
Time is something that I have really been struggling with. I was finally able to sit down last night and get going on my story again. I am new to the fiction writing process, so I am trying to learn as much as I can while I am trying to write my novel. I think it is important for me to have a foundation for what makes a successful story before I get too far into the novel. Being an indie writer, I will be doing everything myself. Some have said that readers are wary of indies because of this, so I want to make sure that I don't make a fool of myself by publishing something that readers will be able to tell an amateur wrote. I want to write something of quality that readers will enjoy and hopefully purchase more of my books because of it. I also want to be able to offer something when it comes time to find a critique partner. I think that if I have a better understanding about the structure of story writing, I will have more to offer than just editing. I think I would make a good partner now because I do have a good eye for mistakes, but I would like to offer even more.
I have also been dealing with fears and lack of confidence in my writing. I have always wanted to write fiction, but feared the publishing industry and struggles to get published. Now that fear has been removed with my decision to self publish, but new and unexpected fears have popped up. I worry that my story won't be original enough (because it is about vampires). I have tried to create a world, society, and mythology that is different enough that there will be something new to the novel and not just another vampire book. I also, worry that I won't be able to write my story well enough to be a great book. Hence, the researching, book buying, and internet devouring about structure, goal-motivation-conflict, and everything else that goes into making a well written piece. I wonder if these fears are normal. I have read that people get nervous of what agents and editors would think of their story, so being nervous about what will be going outin to the world shouldn't be too unexpected.
I have been working on the blueprint for my story, which has been very helpful to wrap my brain around all of the information that I have learned so far. I still have a ways to go with it, but at least I know where I need to go.
One exciting thing that happened yesterday was that I figured out a process for something major in my story that needed to be figured out. I know that probably doesn't make much sense right now, but I am still early in my story, and I am not sure how much of it I can divulge yet.
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