Fiction, nonfiction, academia, memoirs, novels: When you’re a writer, how much does it matter what you write, as long as you’re writing? I miss my fiction so much right now!
First off, I want to say I am having an absolute blast compiling “Writing for You: A Novelist’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction.” It’s a ton of fun. It really is. I’m excited to share all I’ve learned from my experience writing, and I’m honored to think the idea for the book came about because people suggested it to me as a project.
I have, however, been working on this book for a while now.
With book III in my Herezoth trilogy set to release May 31, all editing of that project is more or less complete. I need to update the formatting for the paperback version to be appropriate for an ebook after doing one more document-wide search to eliminate adverbs like “just” and “really,” and I’m good.
I’m pleased with the finished product of The King’s Sons. The edits suggested by my beta readers have made a huge difference. But now I’m done with that novel, and I’m having fiction withdrawals.
Seriously. I miss writing my fiction so much! At first, the writer’s handbook was a nice change of pace. The writing, though, is different in tone and structure than fiction is.
When you write fiction, there’s something about connecting with your characters that you simply can’t get from other kinds of writing. Sure, other kinds of writing can improve your grasp of language and make you a better writer overall.
But the emotional response, the emotional fulfillment, isn’t the same. When you’re meant to write novels, you feel the change, deeply, when you write something else for a while.
I suppose it doesn’t help that the subject matter of my nonfiction has led to lots of reflections about my fiction, which keeps fiction firmly on my mind.
I kind of–okay, I’d really–like to go back and reread my first unpublished novel again. There’s some stuff there I could use to improve a particular subplot of my NaNoWriMo novel from 2012, which needs tons of work if I hope to do anything with it.
I’m also really, really longing to get to editing that NaNoWriMo novel. A couple of the main characters speak to me in a personal way; Princess Melinda is one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written.
I’m not reading fiction either
Blogging, freelance projects, and the two upcoming releases have me so busy that I have to admit, I haven’t been reading lately. Not reading fiction. And that’s only making the fiction withdrawals worse.
Not only am I not writing it, I’m not taking it in either. It’s a horrible mental drought! I’ve been sluggish mentally and drained because of it.
I have a Dickens novel I’ve never read on my Kindle. I also have lots of freebies I’ve downloaded and I’d love to read. I haven’t read Tolkien since eight or nine years ago, as a college student, and I want to reread The Lord of the Rings. I have been meaning to start at least one of these things for months now.
I guess I’m writing this post for a couple of reasons.
- To remark what an effect reading and writing fiction have on my mental state. These things help me to be happy and productive. They gear up my brain and maintain a creative aura around my thought processes. As a Catholic Christian, they make it easier to be a faith-filled person who is in awe of God’s creation and can respect and contemplate the human condition.
- To motivate myself to stop wasting so much time watching sitcoms on Netflix and get to reading and getting more work done on Writing for You.
- To remind myself that we all have trouble balancing our priorities in life. The key is to get things back in balance when you realize they’ve shifted. No need to feel bad about it. Just fix it. You’ll only waste more time and energy regretting time and energy already wasted.