Keeping me busy

From Jonas blog;

Whilst working on my second book, Hollywood PA (supposedly out on Kindle July 1st), I’ve realized how lonely writing can be and how important it is to have someone to brainstorm ideas and discuss characters with, get feedback from and to help you with the thankless task of reading every word you write, two-three-four times or more. I think all writers need this, it’s essential to the process of creativity, where anything really good rarely comes out of one single mind. It has to be a give and take-process and it’s seldom (I would like to say never) linear, but up and down, ebb and flow, like a roller coaster where you’re sometimes on an amazing high and occasionally also in a deep, deep valley of doubt.

My first novel The Wake-Up Call was much like the book’s story itself, a very bumpy ride. Rewrite after rewrite and several breaks from the manuscript finally made it what it is, not Pulitzer prize winning stuff, but something which most readers seem to read and enjoy.

I thought I had learned a lot from writing The Wake-Up Call and that the second book would be a breeze to write. At first it felt exactly like that, words were jumping out of my head and on to the paper like lemmings. The story flowed and I thought for a while I could publish the thing in six-seven months.

Problem was, it wasn’t good. I didn’t feel good about it but I didn’t really know why. It was a nightmarish feeling to have worked on something for half a year and it turns out you’ve wasted your time.

But luckily the whole project was saved by my “first reader” and longtime girlfriend Lenah (Stephen King labels the term first reader in his excellent book On Writing), who provided me with the necessary tough, but constructive feedback. Suddenly I knew what I needed to do and things didn’t seem so bleak anymore.

I’m currently on my way to finishing it and I’m happy about it again, excited to soon have written my second novel and really looking forward to readers feedback. I have learned a lot from The Wake-Up Call, but I think I’m learning even more with this one; more about the writing process, what I need to do to jumpstart creativity and how I need to tackle obstacles in the road.

Most of all I’ve learned that I can’t write good books alone, I need my first reader, support function, muse and love, Lenah.



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