I have been working on my great novel lately.
That sounds so impressive, doesn't it? Truth is, I've been writing on a particular story as much as time and kids have allowed lately. Years ago, I came up with a great idea for a book. The problem was, I came up with a great idea for the middle of the book, without a good beginning or end.
I wrote down that idea and was very pleased with it, but put it aside for a long time because I was unsure of how to start or finish the story. Since I began this story, I have written so many other things: several books, several plays, a few years of the blog, many essays and multiple "short" stories. However, my mind was never too far away from this particular story. Finally, I developed its beginning and I was very pleased with it. I wrote the beginning of the story and was able to incorporate the middle that I had already written. Then I got stuck in the middle and had no idea where to take the story.
For a long time, I thought and thought and thought and then one day - poof - an idea came to me and I was able to come up with the base idea that would finish the story. With that base in mind, I have been writing. In the past month alone, I've added over 16,500 words. I'm not done and I'm missing several small sections that bridge various parts of the story together.
It has been exciting to write and I have to say that I am enjoying my story. I think it's pretty darn good. I'm reaching the end of the story and that is exciting.
When I am done, I will have the exceptionally fun task of re-reading it and look for major spelling and grammar mistakes along with any glaring plot holes.
I have this wild idea that someday my book will be published, become a best seller and Hollywood will be interested in turning my book into a movie. I even know which actor I want in the main adult roll. But, while I have fantasies, I am not delusional. I know that this book will probably never be published and never be read and it kind of hurts my heart to know that. Still, it doesn't stop me from writing.
I already have my idea for my next novel.....