#64: The Problem With Writing Books

Welcome to another Writing Update—a weekly journal where I document the ups and downs of my writing life. This week I edited four chapters. That means I’m three meagre chapters short of completing the second draft of my book. I’ve been editing around the clock over the last month, and I’m hoping to finish it next week. Wish me luck, lol!

Still, 53/56 chapters done. Surreal. Anyway, I’ll keep this one short.

As an author, you put so much faith in your book. You’re working on it months and months without the end in sight, without knowing whether you’ll finish and whether anyone will ever want to read it. Some of these you can control, some are down to circumstance and luck. It’s a very humbling experience.

The problem with writing books is that nobody else really cares whether you’ll finish (unless you’re George R. R. Martin). It’s an entirely self-motivated endeavour. There won’t be any immediate consequences if you just quit today. Sure, you’re only abandoning your dreams, but you won’t feel the consequences of that decision until your life is over 50 years down the road.

Will the endless hours on the grind ever pay off? There’s no way of knowing other than putting them in and doing the work. So have faith and keep going.

This Week’s Reads

I finished Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay—a crime classic from the British Library. The genre obviously has its conventions, but I found it funny how excited the characters actually were after the murder. Someone just died, but at least now they get to solve this thrilling mystery.

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Next, I’ll be reading Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. He’s one of my favourite authors, so I’m really looking forward to it.

With seven weeks to go till the end of the year, I need to up my game to hit my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Right now, I’m at 40/50.

Short Stories

I’m still reading a short story per day as a part of my November challenge. Here are the stories I read this week:

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