Over and done with. I decided the book would be finished today, so I skimped a bit on the ending, but it’s a good solid piece of work that I’ll expand and edit sometime next year. What can I say about it at this point? I’ve written five novels now, three of them for National Novel Writing Month, and my writing has steadily improved. Privileged Lives and Other Lies is my best novel yet. Are the first two published books bad? I don’t think so, but I can see how they could have been better. My very first novel of all, written for NaNoWriMo, is the weakest, but still has great potential. It’s going to be completely reworked and published, and no one will ever know how amateurish it was originally.
I read a lot about how we should just abandon those early efforts, that they’re part of our learning process and not worth struggling with. But what that advice usually doesn’t acknowledge is that even the earliest stories can be brilliant, even if we don’t yet have the skills to develop them properly. There’s no reason why those early efforts can’t be taken out later and turned into something a writer can be proud of.