Last week, my husband and I took our twins to a Build-a-Bear Workshop, where the girls had a blast creating their own little furry friends. This morning, while I watched them play with their new toys, I revisited the event in my mind and realized the experience was a lot like novel writing. Take a look.
-Select the animal body = decide upon a story idea/theme
-Choose a sound unique to your animal = pick character traits to create distinctive personalities
-Stuff the animal with fluff = plot/outline, or imagine the main idea of the story
-Add a heart and love = write the first draft with heart, soul, and love
-Sew the animal together = edit/rewrite/edit some more
-Give the animal a fluff bath and grooming = polish and add finishing touches
-Pick out an outfit and dress the animal = pick agents/editors to query and submit novel
-Create a birth certificate for the animal = sign the book contract
-Place the animal in its little boxy house and take it home = the publisher releases the book to the public and readers buy it
Our Build-a-Bear experience was enjoyable and didn’t take long. Too bad novel writing wasn’t as quick. However, one thing to take away from this is that to never lose sight of your goal—you’ll get there—but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the adventure along the way. As soon as you make the experience all about publishing, your writing suffers because your heart’s not in it. Having your novel published is your goal, but before you can worry about that, focus on writing the best damn book you can. Then, the rest will work itself out.
Build-a-Book lately? Where are you in your journey? What’s been the hardest part so far? What’s your favorite piece of the novel writing process?