Hi All. How are you? I hope you’re having a fabulous day!
Today I’d like to start with the fact that I finished my first draft!!! WOOHOO!!!!! Yes, I know the photo above is wonky but I was just so excited when I took it that I didn’t care. This is the first time I’ve finished a draft for a novel. Sure, I’ve finished things before but not something as big as 70,000 words.
Some of the reasons I’ve not finished before are:
- That I’ve allowed myself to fall out of love with the story I’m writing and not just seen it as the rough patch that all relationships have.
- Given into the feeling that it’s not a good idea for a story after all.
- I’ve been sidetracked by the excitement about another idea that’s popped into my head.
- Knowing that what was coming out of my fingers wasn’t how I want the story to be but wanting it to be perfect the first time instead of understanding that it doesn’t matter what comes out the first time, just what you do with it.
- Drowning in the feeling that I’m not actually any good/I should stick to what I know.
- Just generally giving into my fears and allowing procrastination to suck my time away.
Does any of that resonate with you for reasons that you’ve not finished things? I am a brilliant procrastinator but I want to be a brilliant (well let’s start with ok and then I’m happy to keep working to build up from there) storyteller. To do that I had to finish my draft and now I need to keep working until it is good enough so that some of you out there in the world might get some enjoyment from it. That’s my aim. This year my aim is to complete 2 novels that will be published. You my friends are going to be part of my team to keep me committed to that aim. There are a few parts of my project plan – yes, I have a project plan and it even has a Gantt chart as I needed to expel my engineering-ness somewhere – that are beyond my control. These are:
1. How long it will take to find an agent to take me on once I have completed my first novel (as I currently intend on going down the publisher route) which leads me to –
2. IF a publisher takes a chance on me, I don’t know how long it will take for the novel to be published.
However there are lots of others things which are completely in my control and I am taking ownership of them. I am going to work my big butt off to get these stories into the world and I’m taking all of you on my journey. This brings me neatly over to my other news –
Well, I’m still me but I’m changing how I use the places on the internet that I hang out. For those of you who follow me on social media you may have noticed that I have changed my usernames. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do anything it keeps you connected to me, you will just see a new name coming up when I post anything. I’m now JaneGrovesBooks on the different sites. FYI I am really jealous of those people out there with unusual names who get to have their own names without anyone else claiming them first. I mean seriously, surely no one else can rock being Jane Groves like I can 😉
I am also changing this blog. The way I was approaching ‘connecting with stories’ just didn’t really work out for anyone. It was meant well but it felt a bit flat and pompous. Of course I’d love some feedback on it – please do in the comments section – but I just don’t think it worked. I’m still going to be writing about stories and helping you in any way I can but it’s going to be a little different. I’m going to be treating this space as my online workshop, my desk, my studio. I’m going on a creative journey into story and I’d like to take you with me. I’ll still talk about books that rocked my boat but I will also be giving you glimpses into my journey as a wannabe writer to a published writer. I’m on a major creative journey this year and I’d like to show you the highs and lows of it. If nothing else then maybe you will learn not to make some of my mistakes (because hey, that would be no fun, you want to make your own mistakes!!) but seriously, whether you want to live vicariously through me becoming an author or you are on your own journey this year and want some company then please, jump on board and join me on this crazy adventure. It will be fun!
Before you go, I want you to know that my website name is also changing to janegroves.com. I’ll keep the scentofastory.com link working for a little while but it will redirect to the new address. I’m sorry to have to ask you to do something but if do you wish to continue to follow me then you’ll need to update my address. For the Bloglovin users you click this link Follow my blog with Bloglovin. The last thing is that I am going to be starting up a newsletter which will have stuff that I won’t be putting on my blog like access to snippets of stories that I’ve written. It’s not fully operational yet but I would like to offer to you, my first readers, to be the first to join up. I will try to make it worth your while.Would you recommend this post?