I wrote a book the other day and you can get it here!
This happened, wow.
I’ve been trying to get a book out for the last eight years, not this one mind you, and I’ve finally done it! Eight years might sound like a lot, but really,the first seven was me drilling on the same idea for seven years and drawing nothing from that well.
I eventually dumped that idea for the one that is now in this book. The novella Where Monsters Lie started during the 2013 NaNoWRIMO and was restarted over five times, and once I finally finished my first draft, I did three edits from there, till finally the story was finished.
Now you must be wondering why I am telling you these almost insane figures at the beginning on this blog. I am trying to show you that writing a book isn’t an easy process. Many people say that anyone can write, and this is true, but in order to be an author you must push yourself beyond the point where so many others have given up on the prospect of writing a book. It took me eight years to get a book out and I started at 21.
I chose to do a novella/short story compilation because the story for Where Monsters Lie really didn’t need to be any longer than novella length. I hate it when books drag out the story for the sake of padding. It’s very annoying to read a book and see the author purposefully drag out everything in order to make a certain arbitrary length. I wanted this story to be a fast read and enjoyed in a few sittings; also in the e-publishing space a compilation sells better for a first time author.
Another reason I wrote the novella was I liked the length. When I started out in writing I thought 8 pages was insanely short, but now I see it as more than enough space to write. Starting out I felt I had to be as verbose as possible while describing everything down to a insane level of detail; but in the end I figured no one gives a shit about the protagonists underpants color when he walks into a room… unless they turned brown because the room is filled with corpses.
Then people would care.
As I learned more and became a better writer I began to figure out what I could leave out. Leaving things out opens up the reader to use their imagination more and can make for some seriously scary or beautiful moments. It was then I began to appreciate the shorter styles of storytelling, but of course, the short fiction market was pretty much dead until e-books revived it.
I don’t want to babble on, but this stuff is the stuff that really matters when you are writing anything. Knowing how to pace a story, knowing where to cut, and knowing when to dump it and move on are some of the hardest instincts to cultivate as a writer. It’s hard because we usually get such a small amount of advice, or in some cases insight, into the writing process because anyone who is dispensing this information would rather have you buy their book about it than tell you.
Guess I’m just a hapless idiot who believes in telling people the how’s, why’s, and how’s again! I could make a fortune at the self-help gig, but alas, I hate those books.
This is my journey so far, I will go into the specifics of the writing of the book in another post, for now I bid you adieu!