Post it notes and all.
For the last couple of months, nearly every day, I tell myself, "Today I will work on Travel Girl!!! Today, is the day!"
And then my phone pings with an email from a client, or a reminder from my editor that I have an article due and working on my novel gets shoved to the back burner, which I just hate!
The entire book is outlined, and during the few wonderful moments when I've actually had the time, energy and flowing creativity to work on the first couple chapters, it's felt so wonderful. Magical, if you will.
When I was writing Party Girl I was unemployed, so I had ALLLLLLL the time in the world. But now I'm teaching, writing, editing, doing web-design and trying to go to the gym, (because I mysteriously find myself wanting to eat grits like, every day,) and spend time with my love, because he comes before the novel, I'm sorry to say.
I think I understand now why most people take years to write a novel. They all have jobs and social lives and relationships! Not all of which I had during the first book.
Right now you may be thinking to yourself, "Erin, if you have time to write a blog, surely you could have used that time to work on your book." and I suppose this is true. But once I start, once I'm in that world, I can't just stop. And right now, I have to go to the gym.
Tomorrow. Tomorrow I will work on Travel Girl. Tomorrow is the day! I hope...
Erin Shaw is the author of Party Girl - A Modern Fairy Tale. She currently lives in New Orleans where she writes and edits freelance and teaches music classes for children. She is working on her second novel, Travel Girl.