"It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does." ~ William Faulkner
As I writer, this quote is the closest thing to the truth that is out there. All I do when I am writing is come up with a character, and then the character comes alive showing me this world that I have never seen before. These characters share their stories with me and show me where they work or go to school. It's my own journey to the New World. However, on every journey you need a break.
At the beginning of the year, I had made it my goal to finish a novel in a couple months and start selling it to raise money. Looking back, I can only think of how foolish I was. After all, it took J.K. Rowling five years to finish "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." How could I expect to make a decent story in the time span of a couple months?
I have found out that if is very healthy for a writer to take a breather from their own story. If they didn't, then they would start hating it because they would feel pressured into finishing the story instead of inspired to do it. I took a break, even started a new story, but then returned with a full force to Landing Among The Stars.
Throughout my experience, I also learned that what you write down isn't always permanent. I cannot count how many times I had written down a couple pages, only to delete is days, maybe even weeks, later. I was so confident in finishing this book, but truthfully I was naive. There is so much that goes into this process, if it was so easy that you can finish it in a couple months, then everyone would be writers! That reminds me, the hardest part of all of this I'd not coming up with an idea, or keeping the story going. No, it is staying committed.
In the long run, my initial goal of trying to finish a novel in a mere couple of months has taught me how much I truly do not know about my dream job after all.