Only a couple of pages to edit and I’ll be done with my first novel! Okay, technically, this is not the first novel I’ve written but, it’s my first potentially publishable novel.  I’ve been working on this one for at least 7 years. Fortunately, it’s now a part of a series so I don’t have to say goodbye to my characters just yet.

I still need to get people’s opinion on it. But, after today, I’ll be focusing more on the second novel in the series. Most of it is already written- on my computer and in 4 or 5 journals. I need to compile everything so it makes sense.

Before I start, though, I’ll need to find some way to label my story notes throughout the journals. The last thing I want to do is continually search through 4 or 5 journals just to find one scene. This is why I started using one journal for one story. If it has nothing to do with the story, it does not go in that journal. I’ll probably use colored post-its to make finding the notes easier.

Already, I’m creating more scenes in my head. Through this first novel, I’ve discovered some things I still need to work on so, I’ll also be spending much more time examining other novels. I can’t wait to work on this next project!


Kelly Hashway · February 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I like to keep my notes in a Word file where I can easily move things around. I'll even type things I wrote in one of my many journals just so I can do this. Good luck!

Auden Johnson · February 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Kelly that is a great idea! I never thought of doing that. Thanks.

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