Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tip O'Day for Authors #181

Guest blogger James Fouche on “Second Novel Hazards.”

Here are the three most prominent hazards for a new author attempting to complete his second novel, while still trying to promote his first one.

First, location: We relocated to a town where very little occurs from a literary point of view. I’m out of touch with the writing community.

Secondly, vocation: Generally first-time authors don’t step into the position of full-time author overnight. Chances are you have to work elsewhere, or manage a number of jobs at the same time, in order to keep food on the table. Sadly, this eats into your writing time, not to mention the loads of research time that precede the actual writing.

Lastly, inspiration: Here lies the snag, the ever-present thorn in the side, the ultimate counter-weight that always tips the way you don’t want it to tip. Inspiration drives the creativity of what we do. As long as there is no drive there will be an empty Word document on the screen.

If writing is not all you do, then the world quickly gets in the way and steals away your time and your inspiration. Luckily I have a very supportive and understanding wife. Let’s face it, living with an author is no day at the beach. At times we can be our own worst enemy.

So how to overcome these terrible pitfalls that face an aspiring writer every day? How can a first-time author complete that next novel and get his or her book into the world? There are only three possible solutions, and here they are: determination, determination, determination.

1 comment:

  1. (Circus music in background) Juggling is a must. I've got a demanding big boy job, (it also involves travel) & a very supportive wife. No way I would put her (or the job) on the back burner. So I grab time where I can & so far have managed to get 2 books out the door & 2 more in the works. (But I do almost zero promotion so that kinda sucks.)