I once read that 'everyone has a book in them and that's the best place for it'. However if you ever get the urge to publish , only do it through a recognised publisher otherwise it will cost you. PS Cheap 'vanity publishers' do NOT edit , they merely send your work to a printers and cop a fee.
It's like decorating Jimmy. You keep putting it off then one day you get started and then you carry on until it's finished. Once you start it becomes a target for every day until finally the book is completed.
I used to do 1000 words a night. I got to the end of 6 novels, but none if them was anything like finished.
I think maybe three of them could have been decent.
One of them had to be set in the late 90s (or at least 25 years past the early 70s) so it became an SF novel; it would be better now without all that, which was just a distraction.
The 1000 words a night: it was originally 500, then after a while I had a proper count and found out I was doing more like 750; then when I got a word processor it was easy to get that up to 1000, sometimes more. I'd do it from 7pm to 9 a night, depending on hos long it took.
I was very impressed by two things;
Terry Pratchett, before he was doing the Discworld stuff and writing SF while working for the Electric board, used to do 1000 words a night; one time he'd done 500 words and finished a novel, so he started on the next that same night.
Anthony Burgess would do 1000 words after writing a fugue over his breakfast coffee. He did a page at a time, finishing that before going on to the next, so he didn't have to do any rewriting. He did ti quite quickly and spent the rest of the day reading and reviewing, or writing music, or cooking. He said, at 1000 words a day you'd manage War and Peace in 2 years.
PG Wodehouse wound rewrite whole novels 15-16 times, and at the end it read like someone doing it off the top of their head. Everyone does it differently.
Try it, Jimmy.
(I stopped because I wasn't enjoying it any more.)
Rosa María Almirall Martínez: 1954 – 2012)
"It's said that I am an exhibitionist. Every actor is one - I gladly accept that. I'm not a hypocrite."
You hit the nail on the head Aubrey, you HAVE to enjoy writing. My first novel took me six years to complete. It took a lot of research at times and then I had gathered the information I needed I could spend maybe 10 hours on one day and just one hour the next depending on my thoughts. I have a short story being published in a Sunday tabloid soon, one of many short stories I have written over the years.