Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Reflections of a Career (that's only just begun)

Last month, I finished writing the draft of my first novel.  It was such an amazing experience.  As I looked at the piles of paper coming out of my printer, I was amazed at how I made that happen.  It's currently sitting in my file cabinet waiting...for me to finish my next novel.

I really felt like my characters had two stories to tell.  So I'm using National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to write the second half of the novel.  I hate calling it a sequel because it doesn't feel like that even though it technically is.  But I love that I'm making great progress in NaNoWriMo.  I'm almost half way there.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm taking a step back.  I'm a screenwriter but I'm working as a novelist.  Truthfully, I don't think I am taking a step back.  I feel like I'm moving forward.  I just want to write.  If that's a novel, screenplay, stage play or sitcom, it doesn't matter to me.  I'm not at the place where my writing can sustain me financially but everyday I feel like I'm getting closer and closer to that possibility.

So I choose to move forward.  I have been meeting my goals quite well and I hope to keep up with that.  And I look forward to taking out the red pens and editing my hard work very soon so I can start the rewrite process.