After what has felt like a really long period of being unproductive due to being sick, being tired from work, and just life stuff in general, I’m finally doing it, I’m finally starting a novel again. I did this back in 2003, but due to my own negligence to back it up by email or some other method besides the computer my ex decided to keep, I lost four chapters and a prologue. I’ve written short stories and blogged since then but never actually finished getting my sh*t together and made a collective of them, or started a novel again.
I’m also working on a memoir – though, this one will be more for my own mental health than anything else and may never be published. We shall see, I guess. For now, getting out my ya-yas through the book and blogging and hoping for the best!
The hardest part about starting with a manuscript is trying to make it all correctly formatted because I’ve not written for so long. I needed a refresher on random points, like formatting conversation properly, and the correct way to write footnotes (since my piece is fiction, and a lighthearted one at that, I don’t need too much formality in that department but wanted to know if I might get lambasted by those who read it).
Also, remembering to do double spaces after periods? Ack. Not something I think about doing usually, in every day writing like emails, etc. Now I need to force myself to do it in everything so it becomes habit again. Mostly, just enjoying lazy Sunday and not needing to go anywhere.