I love the ‘new feels’ of starting a new book. It’s exciting, fun and the possibilities are endless.
Trouble is, those feelings don’t always hang around. I find I get to about 20,000 words in and get a bit stuck. Those first 20,000 come with a rush of adrenalin and enthusiasm. The next 50,000 are a bit of a slog and as I get towards the ending, I tend to get that same rush as the beginning.
Last Tuesday I handed in my 16th manuscript; by Monday I was swamped with ideas after reading a news article online. Not one that I can tell you about yet as it would give the plot away. So I have those ‘new feels’ already and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to writing. The opening scene came to me in a flash and I’ve made a load of notes already.
Writing every day is important so the momentum isn’t lost. When it feels like this, I love writing. Ask me in a few weeks and I probably won’t be as eager!
I wonder if my lovely publisher will let me keep this title?