So, 90,000 words – Done! Do I sound cool? Do I sound like it’s not really been too much bother?
I reckon working with GR would be similar:
Inspiration – You have an idea for a new recipe. You’re sure people will like it, you just know they will.
Initiation – You still have that great recipe idea, but you need to do something with it so you investigate what you need to do to get it in GR’s restaurant.
Preparation – Turns out you need to have some kudos to get in with GR, so you spend some time learning the craft of cooking.
Motivation – Learning the craft takes longer than you thought. Three years until they take you off washing up duty. Is it really worth it for one recipe that might not even end up on the menu?
Presentation – They let you work on the starters. After years of hard work you’re getting somewhere, don’t screw it up with overdoing your sprig of parsley.
The Pass – Head Chef, GR, is in and he doesn’t like what you’ve produced. He tells you to dump it and start again.
Botheration – I’ll give you F’ing, Mr F’íng, F’íng GR. What do you mean you don’t like it? Do you know how long I spent on that!
See, on the telly they make it look easy to produce a wonderful, divine, effortless dish. Same as it may seem easy to come up with an idea to write a book, but it’s SO much more than that.
It’s great that I can say I’m done with my rewrites, but that still sees me only part way through the process. I still have to work on the presentation, get it ready to send to the NWS, and then into the wider world.
Writing a novel is a hard process to endure. It takes guts, sweat, and determination. You need motivation in bucketloads and they don’t even sell them on eBay.
So, if you wondering what the Romaniacs look like when they are busy working at their keyboards, well – sweaty chefs.