Wednesdays, Wednesdays.....Oh I Love Wednesdays! A Round Of Words in 80 Days
Today is hump day! We're over the mid point of the week. It is also goal day for me. I have good news.....and not so good news to relay. The good news is that I've exceeded my weekly word count goal! The novel is progressing better than I could have dreamed. The bad news is that I have procrastinated in the unhappy task of typing .....total words typed.....Zip, Zilch, Zero, ________ (add your word here). This is a problem. I'm certain (I have it on good authority) that I will be cursing myself when my fingers are cramping and my wrists seize up in agony after barely scratching the surface of the tens of thousands of words stretching before me, but for the life of me, I cannot bring myself to feel the least bit perturbed about it today. All I can think about is sitting down to write the torrent of words that swirl around my mind, compelling me to put them to paper. You may all laugh at me when I dare to complain later......I'll take it like a champ (I think...)
Today was to be Title Day.....but alas, you'll have to wait until Sunday for me to reveal the novel's name. Three names remain in the running, and I must have the input of my closest 'advisors' before I make my final selection. (Let's hope they don't all choose a different fav....that would throw me into yet another conundrum!) I think two options will be the leaders, the third just keeps coming back to me, like a bad penny.
Nearing the end of my first novel, the question of publishing is in the fore of my thoughts. To submit my work to a traditional publisher or strike out on my own and self-publish, is a decision that must be made. Hours of reading around various writer's blogs has enlightened me to the pros and cons of each, but it is the experience of one writer in particular that is nudging me toward self-publishing. Being a bit of a control freak (I get it honestly....thanks, Dada), I like the idea of having complete authority over my novel. I like knowing that the edits, cover, trailer, publish date, and promotion will be in my hands. Sure, I'm a novice, but how else will I learn but by doing? Deciding to take a serious look inward to discern my motives for writing this book, I discovered that in the end I write because I believe my stories are worth telling, worth reading. It gives me pleasure, a sense of satisfaction, to see the story unfold before me, and I guess I'd like to say, "I did it! Story concepts - check. Novel written - check. Book edited (I will have my grammar nazi team/beta readers in on this part) - check. Cover designed - check. Finished product to be promoted - check!".
Thanks to Gabrielle Bisset and Pavarti for great reads on the subject. Julius, your witty, logical thoughts are always appreciated. Weigh in on the issue. I'd love to hear your thoughts. ~ Nadja