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Starting to Write a New Book

Starting to write a new book is easy for one reason

Starting to write a new book. Ah. It's almost equivalent to starting to read a new book. Fresh pages. The lure of excitement, of unknown adventures. Starting to write a new book. Ah. It’s equivalent to starting to read a new book. Fresh pages. The lure of excitement, of unknown adventures.

The courtship between you and the main characters (good or evil). The blush of starting new.

The number one reason to start a new book is the excitement. A writer can do anything. Take the story anywhere. Introduce amazing characters. Kill the bad guy. Break rules. A world of opportunity awaits.

Secondly, we get to finally write “that” book. You know the one. The idea hit us in the shower, or as we woke from a dream, or as we drove to work. The idea that grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go, that kept us up at night, ostracized our families and sent us leaping across the room for pen and paper to write down an amazing plot twist. New books are seductive and impatient. They are sparkly and threaten to leave unless captured.

Don’t believe any writer who drones on about his or her “muse”. There is no such creature. Everything that happens in a book comes solely from the writer’s imagination. Grumpy, fairy godmother-like muses do not sprinkle fairy dust on a laptop and produce a polished manuscript. They don’t cripple the writer’s hands, or stunt his brain. If a writer can’t write, it’s his fault, no one else’s.

Starting to write a new book is hard for one reason

I’ve recently started writing a new book, and it’s sent me into uncharted territory. Brilliant Wreckage lives up to its title. It is outside my usual genre. I write fantasy and paranormal stories. Elves. Fairy godmothers. Witches. Aliens.

Brilliant Wreckage centers around an ordinary woman in an extraordinary time—WWII. She’s caught in its web. Worries about the safety of her fiance fill her days and nights. On the home front, she fights many battles.
On top of everything else, Annie sees visions.
Can she keep her sanity while the world around her crumbles?

Yesterday, I wrote dreck.

Annie got up, had breakfast, went into the garden to plant potatoes. Boring, boring, boring. Where’s the car crashes, the fiery escape from death? I can only keep my faith in the theory that first drafts are shitty, and I’ll find better words when I start to edit.

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What my main character is blessed with

Annie Faraday loves, and is loved in return by an amazing man who writes her poetry in his letters home from the Pacific Theater during World War II. He supports her and her dream of becoming a nurse and midwife. He listens to her doubts and fears. Jimmy is her guiding star.

What my main character fears the most

The battle of Iwo Jima plays a prominate part in my starting to write a new book this month.

Annie fears many things. The dissolution of her family as her father slides into alcoholism. The fear her younger brother will persuade their father to sign off on letting him join the Navy. Her future father-in-law, who looks down on her because she pursues a medical career. Oh, and she’s not good enough for his son. But the number one thing Annie fears is the war. Jimmy’s at Iwo Jima, and though he’s not one of the thankless men who stormed its shores, he faces death daily from kamikaze pilots, bombs and anything else that could go wrong.

Will he make it home to her? I know the answer, and it’s not an easy one. I walk a fine line in crafting this story. Annie’s doubts mirror my own. As I said, I’ve never written this type of story before. It’s tricky. I guess I’ll have to borrow some of her faith during the next few weeks.

New book launch announcement next Monday

Please return here next Monday for an important announcement regarding the release of Book #2 in the Enchanted series, Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolf.
I’ll have an excerpt for you to read and a question you can help me answer.

(Purchase Book #1, Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf here)

Until then,

Blessings to you!

Cheryl

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  1. anupriya says:

    your book seems to belong to the genre I like a lot. Love and challenges. Would love to read this book when the time comes.

  2. Absolutely well penned, the flow, nuances and emotions which a writer goes through while reading and writing. Happy to have come across your blog which is so much about writing and words 🙂 Glad to have connected and all the best for all the books you shall write. Blessings.

  3. ashwin says:

    All the best for the new book (adventure)!

  4. Alpana Deo says:

    Writing a book is a challenge and an opportunity as well. n one hand we get the freedom swing the idea the way we want but on the other hand maintaining the flow and interest of the reader is equally important. Good luck!!

    #MothersGurukul recently posted http://mothersgurukul.com/the-multi-tasking-me-story-of-every-mother/

  5. Monika says:

    I have come to Ur blog for the first time …..great writings …..how many books have u written till date ….I loved when u addressed writing as seductive

  6. Agree with your idea of how writing is and what it is like when we are starting a new tale (especially when the first draft is so awkward to read!) 🙂

    All the best for the new book launch.

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  7. Being a writer and an author, I completely agree with all the points, and yes, the number one reason to write a new book is excitement. All the best for your books!! Cheers!

  8. Pratibha says:

    This gives me hope and courage to pen my book one day. All the best for the book.

  9. admin says:

    It’s never too late to start writing. Let your book sing.

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