How’s that novel coming?

Happy Monday morning for my time zone and Sunday evening to North America.

How is that novel coming? The same as four months ago. Editing and revising. Getting feedback. More editing and revising. Novels don’t get finished overnight, son! A good reminder to find inspiration in everything though.

How many times have you been asked that question? And what do you say?

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36 comments

  1. seaangel4444 · May 5, 2014

    Hi Sarah! I’ve been asked that many times! Happy Monday morning to you, my dear! Cher xo

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    • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed and can relate, my fellow expat friend. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday 🙂

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      • seaangel4444 · May 5, 2014

        Yes, I did, and yes I can! *LOL* We just had deep dish pizza! My husband’s birthday was last week, so we waited until the weekend and had our favorite pizza! Keep those posts coming! I’ve got one more LA post and then its back to the CHItown classics! *LOL* Hugs, Cher xo Thanks, Sarah!

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      • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

        OMG I miss good pizza…. Pizza Hut’s the only place I’ve found so far with real pepperoni but then one of my friends told me it was beef pepperoni…. *tear*. Looking forward to seeing your posts 🙂

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      • seaangel4444 · May 5, 2014

        I am going to do a post sometime on the best pizza on the planet right here in Chicago. I have NEVER had better pizza anywhere. Awh, wait until you get back to the US, then get those pizzas ordered!! Right back at you!! Cher xo

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      • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

        I’ve had deep dish once in Chi-town. It was amazing. I’ll have to swing on down my next trip home 🙂

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      • seaangel4444 · May 5, 2014

        Well you are always welcome!!!! 🙂

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      • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

        🙂

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  2. leesha0304 · May 5, 2014

    Heeheehee. I always loved that little bit – and actually all of the bits they do with Brian and his writing. And yes, I’ve definitely gotten that question before, though not from a baby (at least not yet). 🙂

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    • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

      Hahaaaa This came to me in my dreams and I had to share! I think there are more clips about it, too. I’ll have to go n a quest for them.

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  3. rolltidejen · May 5, 2014

    LOL … I’ve never been asked.

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    • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

      Does anyone even know you’re writing a novel??? 😛 Jk be prepared.

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      • rolltidejen · May 5, 2014

        LOL! Yeah, but my friends/family are an apathetic lot. 😉 Only one is reading it, and she’s on Chapter 13 (I’m working on 18 now). But I’m used to it … lol. It’s a bucket list thing. I have a short attention span when it comes to committing myself to something like this, so I wanted to see if I could stick to it long enough to actually finish it. It’s been interesting and entertaining.

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      • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

        Well 18 chapters….sounds like you’ve been able to stick to it pretty well! Yeah, I generally don’t have friends and family read my stuff. Love them, but they’re not the best readers, both because they don’t know how to critique and I’ve had quite a few say they’ll do then not haha. That’s what my writing group’s for lol. Well keep chugging along!

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      • rolltidejen · May 5, 2014

        LOL … I hear that! I suppose we’ll both just keep clacking away on our keyboards. 😉 My husband reads my sporty posts, which I’ve not done in a while, but as soon as he sees the words “book” or “novel” they stop him in his tracks. Gotta love ’em, anyway.

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      • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

        LOL yes. I can usually get mine to read it at least once. Here’s to happy writing!

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      • rolltidejen · May 5, 2014

        Cheers! 🙂

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  4. ehbates · May 5, 2014

    Yesssssss . . . one interesting variation on that question I just had was, “How many hours does it take you to write a novel?” Ah, you want me to count the sleepless nights staring at a dark ceiling and plotting? Staring at a chapter and wondering why it’s not working? Rewriting one paragraph–or one sentence–a hundred times? Puzzling over a character while taking a walk with the baby? Non-writers have no idea how life-consuming writing can be.

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    • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

      OMG spot on! How many hours lol. I don’t even want to know…. And I totally hear you on the paragraph/sentence re-writes! They really have no idea!

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  5. Kate Wally · May 5, 2014

    No one knows I write, or I’m trying to write or I want to write. I sit safely here in this anonymous space, procrastinating.

    As to the YouTube snippet. Argh! *punch* on behalf of all those trying to write. 🙂

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    • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

      Haha! Extra motivation mayhaps? 😛 I used to be a closeted writer myself. Just came out to all my friends as it were a few weeks ago.

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  6. stormwatch1977 · May 5, 2014

    HA, my pal used to quote that scene at me all the time, doing Stewie’s voice. Who’s laughing now? 😉

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  7. Jacqui Murray · May 5, 2014

    I don’t even give a thoughtful answer (well, to some,yes, best friends, but the general question–the one that rhymes with ‘how are you feeling’). ‘Excellent. Couldn’t be better’ which was my father-in-laws answer to how his world was spinning.

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  8. Harliqueen · May 5, 2014

    Writing is a long journey, but the outcome is worth it in the end 🙂

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    • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

      Yes it is! I’m getting so close too!!!

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      • Harliqueen · May 5, 2014

        That final hurdle is always the hardest, or so they say! Good luck with it 🙂

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      • sjoycarlson · May 5, 2014

        it is grueling….. these last few rounds of edits….. about to send it off for a professional critique and after I revise that I’m calling it done and submitting to agents….. a whole different round of fun lol. Oh, my perpetually nearly finished novel haha.

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  9. teannadorsey · May 6, 2014

    Haha, my family quotes that scene directly to me at least once a month. Happy Monday to you.

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  10. pipergustafson · May 6, 2014

    Getting that comment is like a right of passage! (my love of terrible puns almost compelled me to say “write of passage”)

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    • sjoycarlson · May 6, 2014

      Hahaaaaa you should’ve! It’s true though, it means not only are you writing, but you’re feeling confident to tell people you’re writing. I just came out as a writer, as it were, to my friends like a month ago lol 🙂

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  12. christineplouvier · June 2, 2014

    I was about 2 years into writing my first novel when my son sat me down to watch Stranger Than Fiction. I think it was a hint, but it didn’t work. I didn’t learn anything: it took 3 weeks short of 3 years to finish the alpha manuscript. When he came calling yesterday, he asked That Question about the second novel. I guess he didn’t learn anything, either….

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    • sjoycarlson · June 2, 2014

      Hahaaaaaa. Now I need to watch Stranger than Fiction again! Happy writing!

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