Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Too Dumb To Quit
By Martha Reed
I’m at a funny point in my life. When I started my first novel I didn’t really have any idea of how to complete one but I kept at it until it was done.
Some folks call it stubborn. I prefer to call it persistence or, as they say in Texas, too dumb to quit.
I let that first manuscript go and started the next one, more out of habit than desire because I felt like there was still more of this story to tell. As I finished editing Chapter Twenty-Nine on Sunday it hit me: I’ve written another one of the damn things. I mean, it was all part of the great plan: write a novel, polish a pitch, get ready for the Pennwriters Conference in May but I guess I never really believed that I would actually write two full-length novels.
That’s approximately 700 pages or 200,000 words, in the right order.
At what point do you say: Gee, guess what? I’m a novelist!
When did you realize that’s what you are?