Today is my vacation day and I’ve spent the whole day writing. I am working on my next children’s book, Josephine and the Missing Necklace the sequel to Josephine. It was just published a few days ago, but I got pretty into this story and thought it needed to be continued so we are on to book number 2 in the series.
This book is going to be all written word, no illustrations this time, as I think it is a story for older children who don’t need the illustrations to get their imagination going. I’m up to page ten now, and I have just barely gotten into the story, so it may also be a little longer than the first book. I have a general idea of how I want the story to progress, but primarily I am letting it develop as I write, trying to let my creativity lead the way.
It’s interesting writing a book the way you can sink into the story, just like when you read. You picture everything around you and just write what you see in your mind and develop from there how you see things happening around you. It’s both immensely satisfying and terribly frustrating when you can sometimes see more than what you are able to put into words. I suppose this is a challenge for all newbie writers.
My frustrations with writing is simple there isn’t always enough time in the day to get done with the story as I’d like. I am a woman of little patience, and writing a book is always a test in my patience as I know you cannot hurry a good story. You must let it develop. You must let the reader get involved in the world you have created and if I haven’t done that then I’d say my book is failing. Patience, Melissa, I must remind myself it’s okay if you don’t finish your story within a day, or two, or a week. That final copy of the book that is so worth it to hold in your hand takes patience to reach!
Of course my other frustration being my grammatical errors with “there, their, and they’re” and others like “to and too.” It’s not that I don’t know the error, I am just usually not focused on grammar when involved in my story. In short, the editing phase of my stories are critical!
Because I have been so focused on my story, my Hubpages articles have suffered and I haven’t written anything new. I am going to see if I can pull out just one more story tonight for Hubpages before I get back to my book series.