The Whimsical Stages of Writing a Novel

Yes, I am all about the stages lately. Anyway, in case you missed the delightfully obnoxious announcement, I recently finished my latest W.I.P. As I'm editing, I have also started something new. Which launched me into the whole process all over again. So you, dear readers, will most likely get to hear me whine and babble about it each step of the way. I'm so glad we're friends. Here's a breakdown of what it might look like:

Stage One: This is the best idea ever!

Everything starts so beautifully. You sit at your computer and type away, confident in each word and where this story is going. This will be the idea that takes you to stardom. This is the book that will put your portrait in the hall of greats, right beside J. K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. (There really is a hall. I've seen it. It's in Ohio. No, just kidding. It's really not.)

Stage Two: Shake it off.

Okay, so this is a little hard. You had to slow down at some point, right? Just because you're staring at the screen with drool coming out of the corner of your mouth doesn't mean this can't be done. So, okay, that character just lost her personality somewhere in the last chapter. And fine, your plot has all the complexity of a Miley Cyrus song. (Yes, I went there. What? No, I don't secretly like her. Well, yeah, I do. But apparently that's something people can't admit to, so I'm sticking with I don't know what you're talking about.) You still have faith in this story, though! You can do it!

Stage Three: It's not me, it's you.

The fact that your excitement about this novel has dwindled is simple: the idea just isn't working. Oh! What was that? (Something shiny out of the corner of your eye.) A new idea?

Kelsey's advice for the day: Don't do it.