I haven’t been this enthusiastic about a writing project for a long time.
I’m writing a novel, a mystery novel.
I’ve been writing for most of my life. I wrote stories when I was a child and continued to write fiction in college and graduate school.
I took a creative writing class while in graduate school, and I kept turning in short stories. The instructor kept telling me that she couldn’t hear my voice in the writing.
At the time, I didn’t know what she was talking about. I just gave up. I wrote some poems and turned those in. My instructor said, “I’m finally hearing your voice.”
So I just kept on writing poetry. I never tried writing fiction again.
Through the years, I developed a love for writing nonfiction: essays, opinion pieces, biography and memoir.
Sometimes I thought about writing fiction, but I didn’t read a lot of fiction. And I believe that we should write what we enjoy reading. The only fiction I enjoyed was the mystery/thriller.
I thought I couldn’t write one of those. It would be too hard. I would have to do too much research. I didn’t have a voice. No, I couldn’t write one of those.
Sometimes I played around with some ideas in my head—I never wrote any of it down. And I quickly pushed the thoughts aside.
No, I couldn’t write a mystery/thriller.
The thing is, I haven’t written steadily for a long time. I’ve worked on blog posts, of course, and for the newspaper. But I haven’t touched my memoir in a while. I felt stuck. I wanted to write more, but nothing appealed to me.
I told myself I needed to develop more discipline. I needed to push myself and eventually I’d like what I was doing.
Look at those last words I wrote, about developing discipline and pushing myself. Do they depress anyone else? They sure depress me.
I let the joy of writing get away from me.
Recently, I was lying in bed, unable to sleep. I started thinking about a character who wanted to solve a mystery. I started adding details. I started writing in my head.
I got excited. I wanted to write.
And I did. And I had a ball.
I don’t know what I’m doing. I have a lot to learn about putting together a mystery novel. I have a lot of research to do. But the learning and the research are not going to get in the way of the writing. I’ll be writing away amid the learning.
My word for this year is adventure. I started an editing business in January. My latest adventure is starting a novel. And I’m having so much fun!
|Chase Bird said if I write a novel, the main character has to have a cat. Preferably a gray Tabby.|
P.S. When I told Larry I was writing a novel, he said, “I’ve been telling you for 15 years that you needed to write one.”
If you decided to write a book, what kind of book would it be? Or if you’re already writing one, what kind is it?