This just happened.
For those who have been following me for a long time, you know how hard it is for me to write something “long”, or simply, to put long stories on paper. Fear? Maybe.
But hey, we’re halfway.
Half-victory that I am savouring now, because what follows is….a finished project. Of course I have finished stories before, some you have purchased and read, some currently staying in my folders until I find the courage/moment/miracle to put them out. But this is different, in a way. For the first time, a main character is staying with me for more than 2,000 words. I created a whole world around her. (Her name is Meira, by the way). I gave her conflicts, hopes. I gave her friends, a family, I gave her monsters to fight, I gave her a whole lot of doubts, of disappointments, and she’s walking through this.
She’s halfway. So am I.
I started playing with the idea in September 2013. Talk about slow process, heh. But I recently read this amazing article on writers and their process (please read it. Go make some tea, or coffee, sit, and read it. It’s such a great collection of thoughts, whether you’re a writer, an artist, or not) Jim Harrison, a writer I didn’t know about until this, explains: “I think about my novels for a long time before I start to write them—a year or more, sometimes many years. I’m half Swede, and Swedes are brooders. I just sit around brooding about it. (…) When you have the rhythm of a character, the novel becomes almost like a musical composition. It’s like taking dictation, when you’re really attuned to the rhythm of that voice” The whole interview with Harrison is here. He also writes novellas. I think this man is going to be my favourite for a long time.
It hit home instantly. I wasn’t alone! I was just a brooder! (I also love the passage about rhythm. Rhythm is key) I remember at Uni, thinking about Haunts in September when given the syllabus and exam contents of my Creative Writing class, and getting to write it four days before the deadline…between December 2009 and January 2010.
And now. I’m halfway. I know the remaining half of the novella is still in progress, but I know where I’m going, where my characters and my story are going.
Strongly, word by word, we’re hitting the finish line.
See you on the other side!