My completed novel, A Bother of Bodies, has been submitted to the Poison Pen Press mystery contest; I can no longer fiddle with it. Hallelujah. Because really, it was time I left it alone. But, easier said than done. I was rearranging furniture right up to the moment I hit the submit button.
Winner will be announced May 31st of this year, and I will do my best to forget all about it and move on to book number two in my Mabel series. This book will be so outlined, so organized, so well-thought out, it will make book number one look like…well…like it was the first book I ever wrote.
I’ve learned many things while writing all 86,330 words of my first novel. First and foremost? Take advice. Get help. Learn how to do it. Even Tiger Woods gets help with his putting when he needs it.
If you want to write, I’m going to assume (I can do that…it’s my blog), you like to read. So read. Start with Stephen King’s, On Writing, a must-have for every writer. Then download some books from here, http://www.jamesscottbell.com/styled-7/index.html. James Scott Bell also blogs at The Kill Zone. A very helpful fellow. There are also free sites, such as Hiveword, that will help you organize your creativity and harness your imagination and, according the e-mails I’ve been receiving, James Scott Bell, and Mike Fleming from Hiveword, are developing a program called Knockout Novel that sounds interesting. Check it out here – https://hiveword.com/knockout
If you want to be a pantser, that’s fine. In fact, better than fine. I will always consider myself to be a pantser. But you’ve got to know the rules before you can break them. Learn them, then break them.