Writing a novel is a big commitment.
What are we committing to when we give in to the nagging and start to put pen to paper? (or fingers to keyboard. Pick your poison.)
We are committing time.
Writing a novel takes time. A lot of time. Even if you do a NaNoWriMo challenge, you’re still going to be looking at putting between 10,000 and 30,000 words on the end of your winning total. Don’t forget that the actual writing takes place after the planning and research, which in itself can take months.
We are committing our thoughts
Character and plot development take a lot of working out. We might not look like we’re doing anything when we’re staring blankly at the wall, but in fact we are running over a piece of dialogue or a scene and working out those kinks.
We are committing our headspace
Once that character is there it’s like a permanent stain. And even if you can control it during your waking hours, be prepared to be waling your character through their lives while you dream.
We are committing ourselves to heartache
Yep, when you write the words The End on that first draft, it’s going to hurt like hell.
We are committing ourselves to our characters
You, Writer, are the only person alive who knows this character. They deserve to have a chance at the world.
A couple of weeks ago, I reached the commitment stage with an idea I had been playing with for a while. My character is much more messy than I intended and she was there, loud and proud and I was ready so I took her in and started to write her story.
Now I want a divorce.
She’s a nutter.
Not only is she a nutter but she’s left me and I’m considering some flirtatious antics with another novel.
Looks like I wasn’t as committed as I thought!