Five years ago, when I was eight months pregnant with my third child, I decided to write a novel.
My first book took me more than a year to write. When I finished, I thought it was AWESOME.
Now, five years later, I've written five finished novels. Two of them are pretty darn good. Two are passable--meaning I could probably let friends and family read them without dying of embarrassment. And one, the one I wrote first, is really, really awful.
I don't regret writing any of them. Each one taught me something about my voice and how I build worlds and create characters. The hours I put into writing crap made me a better writer.
Have you finished a book? Five? Ten? What have you learned as you've transitioned from a clueless new writer to a less clueless older writer?
How Karen Will Get Her Groove Back - Oh, where to start. First and most importantly, I am truly sorry for disappearing for a year. Truly and deeply. That's mainly an apology to my readers, but...
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