I haven’t made a specific announcement that I’ve been writing a book. I know my tagline is Something to read as I work on my next novel. It alludes to the fact that I’m writing a book.
Anyhow. I, Rebekah Koontz, have written a book.
*shrieks and squeals, and is an all-round thirteen-year-old at a Justin Bieber concert*
I do want to get my book traditionally published, and I’ll 100% keep everyone updated, via Twitter and Facebook. Currently, I’m just so incredibly pleased with myself that I did it. I accomplished the hardest part.
In doing so, I definitely went through these 10 stages of writing. So now that the hardest part is over, it’s time to look back—and laugh.
10 STAGES OF WRITING A BOOK
[WALKING ON CLOUDS, STAGE #1]. I am a writing GODDESS. Everything I write turns to gold, bow down to me peasants!
[DISTRACTION, STAGE #2.] Doo-la-loo. *Humming, playing, all around distracted as novel waits patiently to be given love and attention.* *Novel sighs.*
[HITTING A BRICK WALL, STAGE #3.] I’m writing!! Flying!! SOARING!! Characters, descriptions, scenes, all playing out like a movie from my head to the paper, when—
…where was I going with this?
[THE DREADED RE-READ, STAGE #4.] What am I even saying? This isn’t funny. This isn’t even remotely interesting.
*Spends 3 days writing a scene. Next day, erases entire scene from the book.*
[LOSING YOUR MIND, STAGE #5.] If I use the word “smiles” or “looks at” ONE MORE TIME, I will gauge out this character’s gorgeous teal blue eyes. It will be a tragedy. But I MEAN IT!! STEP UP YOUR GAME, YOU.
[FORK IN THE ROAD, STAGE #6.] When it’s time for a character to decide—i.e. Gale or Peeta—and I realize I, as a writer, wasn’t emotionally prepared for such a life changing, drastic book decision.
[THE DRY SPELL, STAGE #7.] I feel no creativity, no creative muse. I feel NOTHING…Though, I am a little hungry.
[EDITING, STAGE #8] Okay. So maybe this isn’t the WORST book ever written…
*Critique group returns their notes.*
[THIS IS THE WORST BOOK EVER WRITTEN, STAGE #9.] I’m not doing this for me. I’m doing this for the world.
[WHEN YOU FINISH, STAGE #10.] Oh my gosh. I’m done? I made it? I’m…alive?
Writing a book is an extreme accomplishment, no matter where that book goes. I have a lot of hope for my fun little read.
I have the typical writer insecurities, and the grasp on reality to know my first novel is just a stepping stone toward the real thing, whatever that may be.
No matter the case, I think this settles it. It’s official now.
I, Rebekah Koontz, am, like, totally a REAL writer!
Now on Snapchat! RebekahKoontz