by Shelt Garner
I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m completely dispassionate and methodical with this novel. I’ve completely tapped into the obsessive elements of my personality and now I don’t even really think about working on this novel every day.
It’s still a lot of work. But the context is different than how things were in the beginning. I have a goal — finish and sell six novels before I drop dead — and I’m going about doing just that.
And, yet, at the same time, I read other people’s thrillers and I wince. My novel is interesting, but it doesn’t have the edgy energy you get right off the bat with other novels in the thriller genre.
I think some of this comes from I’m still at the point in the process where I’m struggling to get the story down. I totally revamped the story transitioning from first to second draft, to the point that if I’m honest with myself I’m back to working on a first draft.
Anyway, I suppose all of this is just continued first novel novelist insecurities and jitters. The point is to finish something, anything the punch it up until you get where you need to be.