Novel Progress #1: A Fresh Start

If you are really new to the blog, you may not know that I consider myself a sometimes writer. I’ve never published anything or even finished a full-length novel or short story, but I work at writing throughout the year with a friend/writing buddy I made at Iowa State University. When I’m not writing I’m reading in part to study how other writers do it.

The main problem I have with writing is following through and sticking around, especially when the writing gets uncomfortable. I love planning a novel and creating characters and worlds, but I’ve always struggled to write the damn story. It’s like I’m rendered useless at the thought of just how many possibilities and directions the story can take. But this weekend I felt like I’m finally on to something. Something that can become something.

I felt confident enough to resume documenting my writing journey here on Betwined Reads, from start to finish!

I’m going to start sharing Novel Progress writing updates each Wednesday. I intend to keep them short and sweet, limited strictly to weekly highlights and not detailed play-by-plays. These posts may range from short updates to tags or discussions on any topic I might find relevant or interesting. I don’t want these posts to become super long or rambling, especially if the details I share may become irrelevant the next week.

I feel like writing can begin to feel very turbulent when I’m simultaneously trying update people weekly on my progress. Writing a book is like riding a rollercoaster of euphoria and misery. Some days I feel I’ve done something that makes it seem like everything has clicked together perfectly and the next day (or even next hour) I’ve tossed out something that throws everything into limbo again. So I don’t want to over-share prematurely.

My next few Novel Progress entries will be introducing my novel, establishing where I’m at in the novel development, and sharing how I plan to write my novel this time around. I don’t have any hard and fast deadlines yet but I am eager to finish the first draft before November, so I’d like to keep my momentum going no matter what comes along.

❧ ☙ END NOTE ☙ ❧

I hope you enjoyed this little announcement and are excited for writing-themed posts to return to Betwined Reads! I certainly am. I want to become a more consistent blogger and writing is something that fulfills me in a way that I’m not sure I will ever get from simply blogging about books. As much as I love talking books, I do want to do more with my life and becoming a published author is a dream I’ve had in the back of my mind since I learned to read.

I plan to go the traditional publishing route, which I know is a long-shot and may take years. But I figure that even if I just end up documenting the trials and tribulations of finding a book agent and a publisher that should keep these blog posts entertaining reads for years to come! ^_^

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7 thoughts on “Novel Progress #1: A Fresh Start

  1. Elle R. Williams

    You are so amazing Lori! (By the way anyone I’m the friend XD) I honestly love your stories that you talk about and I’m so happy that you are working hard on this one. Keep up the great work!

    1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

      Aww thanks, buddy! What a delightful surprise to see you here. I’m so grateful to you for always pushing me as I go through ups and downs in motivation :,)

  2. Cailin @ Rose Petal Pages

    I’m so excited about this! I love reading about/watching other people track their own progress because it really motivates me to work on my story. Right now I’m really trying to outline the story idea I have, and I’ve definitely had ups and downs in terms of progress and commitment. But I’m looking forward to reading about your work!

    1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

      Aww I’m so glad! I also love reading these kinds of posts. I’ve done them in the past where they kind of get in the way of my writing, and that’s why it took me until now (now that I’m confident in my writing) to get them started again.

      I love knowing others may be inspired to kick their writing into high gear! That’s exactly why I’ve put so much thought into how I want these posts to unfold! ^_^

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