Discover more from The Next Novel
I want to send you a postcard
This week in reading
One of the best things about having novelist friends is that you get to read their works in progress. I’m currently reading a friend’s manuscript and it’s risky and delicious and I can already imagine all the hands into which I will deposit it once it’s published. But I don’t know if this friend wants me blabbing to the world (i.e. YOU, dear reader) that she’s finished a draft, so that’s all I will say about that.
This week in writing
We are back in the pond novel! I’d sort of forgotten that I had almost 50,000 words of a pretty solid draft, and it’s nice to return to something that is further along than I expected. I dig the characters! There’s the beginning of a real plot! The setting is dreamy!
There are things to fix but I’m going to just write forward, once I’ve read through the whole thing to remind myself what’s been set up. This week I read the first eight chapters and added bits here and there. I hope to have the remainder read by next week and then pick up the pace.
The holiday threw things off a bit, but I am still going strong with the Morning Writing Club and the time I spend there is precious to me. Any writing time on top of that is gravy, but 8:30-9:15am on that Zoom… sacred.
Email is great, but lately I’ve been thinking about sending you some snail mail. Would you like that? A little postcard with a poem on it? Something in your mailbox that does not require looking at a screen?
I added a form to my website to collect mailing addresses. I make ZERO promises about how often I will send mail, but if you’d like to be included whenever I do, fill it out and expect something at some point.
Til next week!