Four Novels, Four Years

Last night, February 6, 2017, at approximately 11:15PM, I finished my fourth novel, Death Becoming. I can’t fully describe the feeling that accompanies writing the final words of your novel, this digital amassing of letters and words that formed ideas that created characters and plots that often feel more real to you than the earth around you, all accumulating into this world that exists only inside your own brain, spilling out of you onto digital pages in sluggish sentences or unstoppable surges.

I’ve come to describe it as a “writer’s high”, where your hands are shaking with the words itching to burst forth from your fingertips, your vision going blurry at the edges as you tunnel vision into your fictional world. (Though perhaps that’s just my terrible eyesight.)

I had that high as I completely scrapped the final scene of my novel, one that had been sitting unfinished for nearly a month, haunting me like an old ghost. The road ahead is full of editing, rewriting, and the painful process of scrapping scenes near and dear to my heart, but not the plot. But it’s done. It’s all written down.

As “done” as I can feel, considering it’s only the first book in the series. But hey, baby steps. The dreaded final scene is done, and the stage is set for book two. Today, I celebrate.

What do you do when you find yourself stuck on a scene? How do you beat writer’s block? Do you scrap it and start over? Do you force yourself forward, one painstaking word at a time-half of which you delete as you go? Do you have a pre-writing ritual that gets the inspiration flowing? Let’s chat.


3 thoughts on “Four Novels, Four Years

  1. I free write to hopefully work out a scene. Just tap away crap on a blank page, doesn’t mean I’ll keep it, but it makes my mind switch to writer’s mode. It was suggested to me a while back, do it for 10 minutes to begin with, and work your way up more. Some say draw a line for plot points, or the square for a room to show how it moves.
    Other times I just go for a walk, or I read for inspiration. Stepping away helps see the bigger picture.
    Congratulations on riding that ‘Writer’s High’, very few people are priveleged to indulge such an addictive rush.


    • I do the same. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve typed “The” just hoping a sentence will appear behind it. I’ve never heard of drawing the square for a room before! I may have to try that. I have, however, drawn entire floorpans before. (Who knew to be a writer you’d need to be an architect??)
      Stepping away always helps. I have most of my best ideas when I’m busy doing something, and have to quickly jot them down in my phone before I forget!

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