Writing is hard work and time consuming. Sometimes, I get asked about my progress and my novel. For inquiring minds, I have listed some common questions along with my answers below.
- What kind of book are you writing?
I am writing a coming-of-age novel. This genre of book emphasizes the psychological and moral growth of the main character who is usually a young person on the road to adulthood. Some classic titles in this genre are Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Even the Harry Potter fantasy series is considered a coming-of-age novel.
- Is your book a memoir?
No. My book is fiction. However, like most writers, I have drawn upon my experiences as a youth and people I know for inspiration. Some scenes in my book are based on real-life experiences, then fictionalized to better suit the story.
- Did you take some writing classes or workshops?
Yes, I did. In 2017, my son gave me a subscription to a MasterClass online writing class. The sessions motivated me to started tinkering with my book idea. I also took a workshop offered through the University of Wisconsin. Then, I discovered a free offering on Facebook with The Publishing Circle. I credit this mini writer’s camp for really lighting the fire in me in 2020. I am currently a member of a writer’s group. We meet twice a month to receive instruction and pointers from our group coach/mentor.
- Do you read a lot of books?
Yes, I do. According to the Pew Research Center, the average American reads 12 books a year. I read about three times as many books as the average American. I am a member of three book clubs. By reading, I learn so much about character development, story pacing, point-of-view, etc. I don’t see how a person can write a book without being a lover of books.
- How is your book coming along?
It’s a slow process. I have finished the first draft and nearly finished the first edit. The first edit tunes the first draft into a better version of itself. Some scenes stay, some go. New ones may be introduced. I compare this process to a coloring book. The first draft is like a page from a new coloring book. All the images are there but empty of color. When I add depth and color to each page, the image becomes more alive for the reader.
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