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OpenBookWriting, for me, isn’t always easy. This is the case with a lot of writers; I’m not particularly special there. So, when at the beginning of January I sat down (somewhat unexpectedly) and started writing a novel, I was taken aback a bit. I tend to stew on ideas for a while, and then sitting down to actually write—even, say, a 3,000-word short—can take me a couple of weeks to a few months. Depending. What, exactly, it depended on has never been entirely clear.

Whatever the case, about a month and a half later, I had the first draft of a 64,000-word novel. It was almost like there was some per-destined date I was not aware of that marked the moment, finally, when I would become an actual, functional writer.

That being said, if you had told me on January 1st that I would have a novel on my hands, I’d have laughed at you. I would have pointed and laughed. I may have even made fun of you. Now, I’ve got this novel on my hands. It feels like it sort of just fell out of the sky. What exactly I would do with a novel—if I ever wrote one—was always this vague idea somewhere in the back of my mind; nothing I had to think too hard on as it wasn’t going to be happening any time soon.

Oops.

So, since I started homing in on the ending, as I was writing, I realized that I needed to really think about this. And I’m still thinking about it, though I’m leaning in one direction above some others. Over the next few weeks, as I work on revisions and such, I’m going to start discussing my process here. I invite you to follow along, hopefully to watch my success, but if worse comes to worse, the flame-out could be spectacular. Well, I would try to make it as Fourth-of-July as I could.

Stay tuned…

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