If there is such a thing as writer’s remorse, I think I’ve got it. I just finished my third novel and now I wish I could start over again. I’m sure it’s not that bad, but the fact that it’s done tells me that I can’t go back and make major changes. I can’t start over from scratch.
I’ve seen this many times with new home buyers. They look for months to find the right home, work hard to get the financing in place, and do the deal. Right after they sign the papers, they start to wonder if they’ve done the right thing. They immediately start to wonder if they paid too much, they worry that the family room is too small, that they don’t like the tile in the bathroom, and a hundred other things. Yep, that’s buyer’s remorse.
The same thing happens when they buy a new car. The next day they find the same model cheaper, with more options… the list goes on and on.
I guess that’s what happens when I finish a novel. I should be celebrating the completion, and I do for a few hours, but then, the writer’s remorse kicks in. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m thinking that the main character needs to want something different from the start of the book. I’m thinking that I need to drop more hints about the bad guy earlier. I’m thinking that maybe the main character should have been a guy.
I’m going to read it through one more time over the next few days, and we’ll see. I’m probably not going to change it, but I might.
I’m still snoopy dancing around my office. I got an email last night about 10pm and didn’t sleep much last night. It’s not like I got a bestseller nod in the NY Times, but Lost in the Sky is a finalist in the Indie Book Awards in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category.
Wow, just wow.
Writing is a solitary activity, and writers spend a lot of time in solitude trying to get their book just the way they want it. As a result there aren’t a lot of opportunities for accolades unless they have a writing group, or reviewers, and even then, the positives are so dependent on group tastes. Getting a third party endorsement with no connection or relationship to the writer is an important feedback to help the writer determine whether or not they are going down the right path.
I’m not claiming that I am, but it sure does feel good to know that there are others out there that like what I have written.
It’s going to take a couple of days before I don’t have to squeeze my head through doorways, and to wipe the smile off my face.
Lately I have been asked where I got the cover art for my latest novel. It all started with Twitter. I am a fairly active Twitter user (thenextwriter) and picked up a number of twitter followers who were also writers or artists. There was one particular artist who’s style I particularly liked.
Her images were mostly female characters in fantasy settings, but I liked her use of texture and color. When I saw her work I could picture an oil painting depicting one of the climactic scenes in the novel. So I asked her if she would be interested.
She was more than interested, she was ecstatic. The fact that someone actually wanted her to paint something for money was a dream.
I sent her a Twitter direct message and we exchanged emails. I wrote her a message explaining the scene I pictured in great detail. After a few iterations, she presented me with something that I liked a lot. That is the image that appears on the front cover of the novel.
The scene shows an airliner a hundred feet or so over a choppy sea, with the moon reflecting off and shining through the spray. The scene depicts a key conflict in the book and I think the image captures the mood I wanted precisely.
We initially talked about her doing a painting, but she decided that it would be quicker and easier to use Photoshop. I think the results speak for themselves and I am happy that we hooked up.
The artist’s name is Christine Taylor (twitter.com/mousewords) and her artwork can be viewed here.
I highly recommend her work.
This always happens to me…
I buy a new gadget, am loving it, and a new version comes out which totally blows away the one I just got. Such is the case with the new Kindle. I just got the Kindle 2 and it’s a great gadget. I know that it can be used for newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books, but I only use it for books. Specifically I am reading nonfiction books on it.
I plan to use it for fiction books, but I first have to finish off the stack of about 10 books next to my nightstand first. I read nonfiction books on it right now, because I don’t want to confuse the different books that I am reading. I always have an audiobook in my car, a new book by my nightstand, and now another book on Kindle. It’s hard enough keeping two fiction books straight, let alone three.
After seeing the new Kindle DX I’m really tempted to sell my Kindle 2, and pick one up, but I’m not sure. I like the form factor of the Kindle 2. It’s almost paperback size and I think it will be easier to read before going to sleep. Should I or shouldn’t I? I dunno yet.
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