Writing a Book is Easy…

No, it really is.  You sit down, you type a bunch of words (or write them on paper, if you prefer the analog method), and you move on, right?  Yeah, maybe.  That works great if you write strictly for recreational purposes and you have no intention of letting anyone else read the drivel you’ve spewed. There’s plenty of written works out there that fly in the face of my prior statement.  But, I truly believe that if you’re serious, and you really want people to enjoy what you’ve written,  that the actual writing part is easy.  It’s everything that comes after that, well, just plain sucks.

That’s where I am right now with The Dagger Rose.  The rough draft is finished, and there’s nothing I want more than to go straight to publishing—but I know better.  I’m not sure about anyone else, but when I run across a typo, or a poorly worded sentence, it brings me to a halt and completely sidetracks me.  That is something I’d like to (and plan to) avoid.  Enter monotony.

The monotony is composed of self-edits and rewrites.   I can tell you in all honesty, that I would rather stick toothpicks under my fingernails, but I find that severely complicates typing.  Worse yet, I get started, it’s all too easy to come down with what I call “George Lucas Syndrome,” meaning you obsessively fiddle with your piece and try and make it better, but never truly get anywhere.

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  • About the Author

    T.M. Lennon currently lives in North Carolina. His passion for science-fiction and fantasy was influenced by Star Wars in 1977 and The Lord of the Rings novels, which he read at an early age. He created the world of Eörlond in his teens for a fantasy role-playing game, and it has grown ever since.

    The one-time a soldier, systems engineer, and software developer, now adds author to his list of credentials. He continues to work during the day as an information technology consultant, but spends his precious little free time evolving the land of Eörlond and its inhabitants in front of his trusty laptop.