Despite the recent chaos and ego beating of my present job searching situation, I managed to start on the next book today!
I was thinking the other day to blog about how hard it is to get started.
“A beginning,” the Princess Irulin told us in the first line of 1984’s Dune movie, “is a very delicate time.”
And despite all your mental preparation, squeezing out the beginnings of a new story or novel is hard. It’s like jumping out of an airplane or off a cliff (I imagine). Even if you’ve done it before, looking over the edge at what awaits below is still there. Throwing yourself from that nice safe bit of solid ground beneath your feet is just not natural.
Okay, it might not be quite that bad, but starting is difficult. It takes a leap of faith. And sometimes a shove out the door from behind.
It’s especially tricky when your confidence is not at its best. Which is my case at present, in the face of trying to support my family with no job at the moment. But I spent the last two days in job searching mode and have set up two promising interviews next week. So I think that may have secured for me the sense of, well, security to enable some new writing today. With that safety harness strapped across my shoulders, I was ready to take the leap!
And so I have. Got the first chapter in the can! I haven’t decided yet if the title of this novella is going to be The Golden Age or Golden Age Heroes — it’s been GAH in my mind, but that feels awkward to me coming off the tongue. (What do you think??? Let me know in the comments!)
And then, this book will get paired up with the recently completed Deus Ex Machina as the next superhero sequence this fall/winter. (For more on sequencing, see the last Indie Writer Code Words post here.)
Okay, gotta get moving. Lots more to do with the day. But the most important bit is done!