On Writing: Starting A Novel.

A Heart of Letters


Getting those first words is the absolute worst.

Whether you’re writing long hand, sitting in front of ye old typewriter, or dragging your laptop from coffee shop to coffee shop — getting down those first words at the most painful and the most scary. There’s heaps of doubt whether your novel is actually worth all the blood, sweat, and tears. Believe me, it totally is. Getting something down on the page is the best feeling and having it printed out, holding a physical copy of it makes that achievement even better.

Writing can be a stressful experience where you’re always having your head in your hands or like I do, lie on the floor and think about everything that I’ve done. You’re alone a lot of the way with you and your mind for company.

When I first began writing ‘In the Name of the Shadow,’ it…

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Author: Grandtrines

Like so many people, I am a paradox. I am a politically conservative vegetarian. I am from a Christian background, and still tend to like those values, but am a metaphysical astrologer trained in science who has an interest in the magic of ancient Egypt and a weird belief that some piece of our essence can live on a server. I live in Texas, but like chatting with my international Wordpress pals the best. I learn by teaching. Technically, I am a "Leo," but I am very, very Aquarian with a dose of Scorpio. I bitterly complain about Algol (and Algol personaliites), yet it is the one star that defines me most (other than Regulus). (Which, oddly, makes me an Algol personality.) I am a reclusive lover of peace and quiet who has the Ascendant in the Via Combusta (the most conflict ridden part of the zodiac). I am an incredibly private person with a blog with over 800 followers and 50 to 150 regular daily visitors. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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