Around 4 years ago, I wrote a novel in the modern literary style. It was a rambly roadtrip pastiche of memory, time and all round earnest seriousness. I finished it in just under 2 months of obsessive 8 hour writing stints in Darwin’s state library overlooking the bay. I did two further drafts, made a couple of half hearted attempts to get it published, had a look at it a year or so later and decided that it required so much work, it would be better to write another entirely different one.
A couple of years later, I joined nanowrimo and in a month of obsessive keyboard pounding writing 2000 words a night for 30 days, produced ten chapters of grand space opera. Being grand space opera, the finished work would be roughly another 60 chapters. I didnt bother doing much more but to this day, I think it has more potential than my first mod-lit-fic work. At any rate, it was a lot more enjoyable to write.
I’m thinking of starting another novel. In fact, I’ve been thinking of another novel for the last three years and have two or three reasonably well worked out plotlines and themes.
The problem is not so much time or energy but will and the loneliness of writing when there’s a million other things out there I could be doing. What I need is a novel writing group – a small collection of other people who are writing, who can offer support, who are willing to read occasional bits of each others work. So, I’m having a poke around the net to see whether there’s any such group around.