I faced a moment of despair when my wife casually asked me how my book was coming along during the throes of mid-term projects for my grad school classes. “It’s not,” I said, words I’d held inside me for the previous two months. And I wondered if I’d ever get back to my finished novel, the one rewritten twice and revised three times. The finished 450 page sack of birdshot hanging around my neck–how would I ever get back into it?
I read a wonderful article in Writer’s Digest a couple days ago that addressed this problem. (What problems aren’t addressed by Writer’s Digest?) The article, Important Writing Lessons From First-Time Novelists did what the title promised–the article allowed novice novelists to share their experience for those aspiring to be novice novelists. The ones in my shoes, wondering if they’d ever finish the rat bastard, wondering if the mound of words would ever be strong enough to present to potential agents.