Hello! [insert standard note about infrequency of actually writing anything on this site]
I wrote a novel. It’s nearly 80,000 words, it has an identifiable beginning, middle and end, with a plot. It has characters – some of them really good! It even had NAMES and WORLDBUILDING (and naming people was like pulling teeth). And now? It’s been saved in a folder and left there.
Why? It is the first full length book thing I ever wrote, and you could tell. I wrote, read it, edited it, read it, and thought: it’s just not there. I don’t know if it ever will be, but it won’t be anytime soon. So now I’m writing another. And I already think it’s better, although it’s only about 20% of the total hoped-for words. Naming people is still the bane of my writerly existence (meet Bureaucrat*, one of my main characters, so-called because he’s… a bureaucrat. Managed to name my warlord after about 15,000 words.). But I have a much better idea of how a plot ought to work. I’ve got a better idea of how to make the stakes matter to the characters. I included dragons who are scaly doggos! And even had to decide what sort of language they speak (the people, not the dragons). Dragons AND invented languages: definitely levelling up there. I also started this book at the beginning of a global pandemic, so, you know, it’s slow going.
I guess there’s not much point to this, other than that whole “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” cliche is true. So if you wrote a book and it never made it off the cloud/your hard drive/a floppy disk/handwritten notebook: you’re not alone.
*To be 100% transparent, he’s actually called Burocrat, because Italian is my second language and it’s just so much easier to type with -o- than -eau-.