Beginning A New Novel

I began working on a new novel this week. Actually, it isn’t exactly new, as the story has been mulling around in the back of my mind for a while. I’ve even attempted a few chapters and character sketches, but the timing just wasn’t right. I needed to finish WHEELS. Finish, as in, get it published, get a good start on publicity and submit it to reviewers. Then, like a mother sending her grown up child out into the world, let it go and trust that everything will be fine.

Everything will be fine…

Anyway, I wanted to share two things with you, today.

One: a short video featuring author, Joyce Carol Oates. In it, she describes perfectly the frustration I feel at the beginning of writing each new book. I am an impatient person. I want to get to straight to the writing of my story and forget all about preparation—the character sketches, world building and research I need to do.

Two: A link to 90 Inspiring Author Videos for Aspiring Writers. A list of short author videos compiled by Kaplan University Online. It’s a great link to bookmark should you ever need a dose of inspiration 🙂

Happy Writing!

P.S. If the YouTube link doesn’t work, try this link: (http://youtu.be/LgJ809QKmas)



4 thoughts on “Beginning A New Novel

  1. Bridget Kuhne says:

    interesting…I didn’t know that one had to prep before writing a book. Will look into the 90 inspiring author videos. Is that the link to it on youtube?

    I remember last year you posting about a new computer you got for writing, what kind did you get?


    • Lorijo Metz says:

      Hi Bridget,

      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Have been visiting friends in Door County. 🙂 The link to the 90 videos is at the Kaplan University site, but I believe all the videos are on Youtube. (You’ve probably figured that out by now) As for the computer…I bought a Macbook Pro. I love Apple computers because they’re user friendly and the company offers great tech support. Sounds like you might be working on something. Maybe a book about squirrels 🙂


  2. Michael Formichelli says:

    I’m rather fond of the character sketch process. World and character building are part of the real enjoyment I get out of writing. It probably comes from my background in “storytelling”- I played a lot of D&D type games through high school and college. Since I also get really geared up to write the scenes playing out in my head, I usually wind up plotting with pen and paper while doing character sketches on the computer.


    • Lorijo Metz says:

      I’ve always thought that those role playing games would come in useful. I both enjoy the beginning part, the world building and character sketches, and find myself frustrated by not getting to the rest of it fast enough. I might try your way and do both at the same time.


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