Books, Babies, & Ever-Evolving Variables
Forgive me for drawing the analogy, yet once again, of writing and raising a baby. After all, add in some engineering and you’ve got about 97% of my daily thoughts covered.
Anyhow, writing books and raising babies are surprisingly similar. Both are amazingly rewarding (at times) and terribly difficult (at times). And just when you think you get the hang of it, everything changes and a new challenge sits in front of you.
Sorry for the long-winded example. My purpose is not to complain, but to point out that everything we figure out only works for a while. And I know that when we finally conquer this night-night challenge, some other obstacle will present itself. The saving grace is that we're perfecting our ability to adapt and problem solve with ever-evolving variables.
Both Talia and Veronica alluded to this: Even if the “process” of writing the next book remains the same, there are so many other moving variables which force the entire experience to be different each time. Maybe it’s the pressures of writing book 2 or that you don’t have a hook or, in my case, you suddenly have a baby depending on you. So you may always write from a six page outline or pants it entirely, but every time you embark on a new novel, you may think it’s you that’s starting green.
Remember that you’re only a spring chicken once. With each chapter typed, each metaphor perfected, and each character developed, you hone those problem solving skills. You get better at adapting. And like Veronica mentioned, you gain confidence. The book after this one won’t be easy, but keep in mind, you’ll be able to roll with its punches better.