Pressures of writing a book series
As you can from the picture above, when I am not writing I am pretending to be a model, ha. It’s my little escape. Ok, now back to the topic of writing. I quite literally feel a weight and pressure every single day I write. It is a pressure that every writer feels (I presume). Sometimes we can even taste it – generally in the form of vomit in the back of our throats. And who creates this pressure? Readers? Family? Fellow authors? No.
To the author, every novel is an artwork. Thus we writers conjure up and impose upon ourselves invisible pressures: self-manifested stresses. It is even worse if you are writing a book series. So… below is a strange and wonderfully odd list of things associated with the pressure of writing a book series (to which I hope my fellow writers can relate):
Top 8 List
8. I sit on the toilet thinking about character arcs and plot. To be honest I do my best thinking on the loo (I think many men can relate to this). Writers think about their storylines all the time, and develop plot structures in their mind every day.
7. Me when I think I have just written literary gold…
Me when my Editor reviews my literary gold…
6. I agonise over every word. EVERY word.
And if you happen to be reading my work and come across a part you like, you can bet that was NOT a section I agonised over. However the part you did not take any notice of was DEFINITELY a section I agonised over.
5. Nailing character dialogue is hard. So, when I am at a party talking with friends, I am listening to the WAY people talk, not necessarily the content of what they are telling me. Thus, if you are talking to me, do not be offended if my face is blank.
4. Writers often say there is a little bit of them in each one of their characters. Good lord – if that’s true – what does my book say about me!! #evilvillain
3. The last time I didn’t write for a week – I felt ill. I had withdrawals. I am an addict and writing is my vice.
2. I stress out when I cannot connect sentences.
I tend to write different sections of the manuscript out of order and tie them together later. It is a bit like weaving sections of a rug then stitching the pieces together. Sometimes the pieces just don’t fit well – and it is annoying as hell!
1. The thought of rejection.
Will a publisher like my work? Will the readers care about the characters? The stress of writing something for two years, overshadowed by the knowledge that your efforts might never see the light of day, is a feeling authors know too well.
The stress of writing a book series can be immense. But… I would not have it any other way. I may whinge and whine, yet deep down I think I thrive on the pressure. I love writing and love the joy its brings to people. Now that is not a bad job.
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