This last week has been pretty up and down for me on the writing front. I don’t know if all writers get this way or if it is just me, but I get stuck in the mind set where I’m unsure of myself. I wonder what I am doing wasting my time and energy.
Take for instance my horror story. I think it is pretty well done. Ready to be submitted out. It’s a complete story, with a nice story arc, and three main sections, of the beginning, middle, and end. I don’t really pay attention to word count until the story is done. Well, it’s done and it has a word count of only 47,500 words. That is a bit short for an adult novel. I spent a bit of time trying to figure out a way to plump it up another 12,000 words at least, but yeah, I’m not coming up with anything that doesn’t seem forced and stupid. I was feeling a little bummed out. What was I going to do with it? Was it a waste of my time? How could I have written a complete story and have it be so short on words.
I then, got my Amazon recommendation and saw on my list a novella book. Well, guess what I decided to do with my horror story? Turn it into a novella! Heck, maybe I will self publish it for cheap and move on, but at least I have options. I got so bogged down on the “Oh no!” that I couldn’t see a way around it.
I was feeling a bit better about my word count issue and then while I was on Amazon, I checked out my books and saw a new review came up for The Full Moon Rises! And, it was a good review. That made my day even better.
Then late last night, I was messaged and asked when book 3 was coming out and how soon as they and another reader were anxiously waiting for it!!!! How nice is that? I have fans!
So, that’s the cycle of me as a writer, I go from I suck, to okay, I can make it work, to look at me, I’m great. Tomorrow I will be back in the “I suck” department, but for today, I’m feeling pretty good.