I started writing Nine Days purely for personal entertainment purposes, when I couldn't find a mystery novel among currently published books that I could stand to read. Lately, I've found myself hamstrung by self-consciousness, because I've gotten invested in the idea of publishing. I'm compromising characters and scenes, writing them the way I think they 'should' be written, in order to 'sell,' or some other crap.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in a chat room that I've frequented for many years, even before this novel-writing nonsense started, and someone I don't know very well told me she was a writer. We talked a bit, and then she started to give me advice. 'Write an outline and stick to it,' she said, authoritatively. So I wrote an outline, even though the book is almost 'finished.' It was a good exercise, and I got some really useful ideas from it. I started thinking I should re-write the book, make it more 'interesting' (that would be re-start number eight, with no complete draft yet finished).
A couple of days later, I saw my online writer again, and asked her about her own work. Long story short, she's a journalist, not a fiction writer, and has never published a novel. She writes 'for a trucking company.' So what the hell is she doing giving out authoritative advice on writing novels? She says she knows about them because she has published fiction authors in her family. By that logic, I should be able to teach you all to speak German. Ready?
My point being: I've gotten so far off course that I'm taking advice from people who don't know jack.
Part of this whole process, for me, was to write the kind of mystery novel that I would enjoy reading, not the kind of mystery novel that some mass-market target shopper would. There's plenty of that crap out there already. The bookstore shelves are loaded with them, most of them horrible (to my personal taste, I'm saying). It's entirely possible that I'm a market of one, and that I will be the only person on earth that will enjoy the book when it's done, and if that's the case, so fucking be it.
So I'm going to finish the draft I'm currently working on. It may be a mess when it's done, but it will be my mess.
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