I was not going to write anything for another novel for at least six months. But when an idea hits, you have to write it down... because otherwise it may vanish from your mind never to be heard from again.
Nonsense that has nothing to do with our work or craft is pervasive on social media too. I have had a few idiots message or email me over the years, but I know I am fortunate I have never had to endure sexually suggestive DMs and emails from what appear to be real people. Obviously being a now slightly, uh, more mature man of course probably helps in that area.
My uncle once cornered me back in those same long ago 1990s about how for his next novel he planned to "borrow" the name of a friend of mine for a French policewoman character and base the character on her personality. "Oh, dear God, no," I recall half-laughing and, horrified, blurting out in response.
Why we write. What we write. We all have our stories. And what happens if I ever become massively famous? Let's just say I'll cross that family/friends bridge when I get to it. LOL!
Writing a short story in "30 days" is probably not an unreasonable ask. However, writing a novel (meaning at least 40,000 words; below that, it's a novella really) is a much more complicated undertaking. What you begin today likely won't see light of completed day for at least a year and probably more.
I thought this was worth a full blog post. Here are some characters from my two most recent novels... and how I recall inventing their names. All of them - particularly their first names - were chosen for their 18th century reality and country of origin...
I have not the slightest qualms about - if I died tomorrow - those being my "literary legacy." They say what I as their author want them to say.
Let's discuss sex. Presumably I have now your full attention! LOL!
I had never used Instagram until back in 2016, when I started that account to supplement my blog here. I approached Insta with no illusions. I knew I was not a "19 year old woman"; I was a male writer. But I thought it could used as outreach to those who had never heard of me or my blog here - and particularly to women, who are the bulk of my readers.
I CANNOT believe anyone could be that HAPPY as a writer. To be a writer is to me forever to be some degree of "miserable." All that really varies is the daily depth of the misery: some days are worse than others.
I have some ideas, and scraps here and there; but that's all. So what does a "NWIP (no work-in-progress) author" do the day after the latest "magnum opus" is published? Well, he heads for Wales...
Feeling with the novel's conclusion that I am about to cross another life Rubicon, I am taking a few days to savor this interval before "the world" sees it... I want also to let off some writing steam here in what is likely to be the last pre-publication blog post.
Who is real historically in that "letter?" And who is not? It should not and does not matter. What matters is they should all read as REAL.
As writers we do have to nod to the reality that many - probably most - readers now read books differently than was the norm in the past. They are not in a favorite chair before a roaring fireplace undisturbed while immersed in that single leather volume in their lap...