No Right Way to Write a Novel

There’s no right way to write a novel. Each person’s working style and imagination is different.

Nora Roberts works the same as any other job, eight hours a day. Steven King works on one book in the morning and edits another in the afternoon. Ann Rice jumps out of bed first thing in the morning and while still in her night cloths, works for several hours before breakfast. John Grisham would work from 10PM tile late in the morning.

I like to work in the mornings between breakfast and lunch. But it’s my imagination that rules. Something will get stuck in my brain and will not let go. It becomes so loud, I can’t work on anything else.

I was supposed to be working on the last novel in my trilogy, Jessica’s Mission, but I haven’t been.

To tell the truth, I’ve not been interested in it. It didn’t help that I kept getting thoughts on a different project, The Destiny Series, of which I have several book ideas.

The first book in the new series, My Haunted Bed & Breakfast, kept coming to my imagination and crowding out Jessica’s Mission.

One night, I was in bed and ready to go to sleep. My brain kicked in and started working on a scene in B&B. I would have preferred to go to sleep and work on the scene in the morning, but I knew if I did, I’d forget what I was thinking about.

And of course it was such a brilliant idea, I didn’t want to loose it.

So I got up and wrote it all down and when back to bed. My brain was now empty so I should have been able to go to sleep.

But my brain was empty, it keep thinking and creating! I got up three times to write. By the time my brain was finally finished, I was wide awake and was no longer interested in sleep.

I’ve worked on both stories for a while. But I really wanted to finish the novel. I tried to ignore B&B, but B&B would not let up.

Last December I realized it would be best to set JM a side and finish B&B.

Jessica’s Mission is an 80,000 word novel that still needs a lot of work. It will take the rest of 2018 before it’s ready for publication. My Haunted B&B is an 18, 000 word novella. I could have it finish by the end of January, then return to the novel—refreshed. So that’s what I did.

B&B is finished. I sent it to the editor by the beginning of February.

Now that my brain is cleared of B&B, it’s  thinking on Jessica’s Mission. I’ve written and rewritten the beginning of JM, but was not satisfied. Just the other day, I finally came up the the true beginning of JM.

I’m excited to get back to my novel.


 Description of My Haunted Bed & Breakfast:

Elanor Rune’s life came to a sudden halt. It was time for the next chapter of her life. She never expected to be rescued by a haunted house.