January 9, 2014 by J.C. Lillis
- Question every word.
2. Put off finishing the last paragraph because you’re going to miss hanging out with your characters.
3. Read good reviews of other people’s books and think THIS IS WHY THEY’RE BRILLIANT AND I SUCK.
4. Read bad reviews of other people’s books and think OMG THAT BAD THING PEOPLE HATE IS ALSO POSSIBLY IN MY BOOK.
5. Reread a favorite scene and feel momentarily proud.
6. Wonder if you only feel proud because you’re chronically deluded. Recall the time you thought your crush was into you because you asked if you could write him a letter over the summer and he said “sure, if you want.”
7. Ponder all the times you’ve been a bad friend or parent while writing this book. Make a list of all the people you need to apologize/send flowers to.
8. Eat peanut butter straight out of the jar.
9. Against your better judgment, scroll through writing advice on Twitter to see if you’re Doing It Right according to other people. End up baffled because Respected Person A says you should never mention mouths and lips in kiss scenes because it makes the scene squicky instead of hot, and Respected Person B says kiss scenes don’t feel real unless you put in gritty details like bad breath and gross noises, so WHICH IS IT PEOPLE AND ZOMG MY KISS SCENE SUCKS I’M REWRITING IT FOR THE EIGHTEENTH TIME.
10. Have a drink. Remind yourself that everyone has an opinion and that’s why the world isn’t boring.
11. Procrastinate with the unauthorized biography of Julio Iglesias. Hate yourself.
12. Draw a dementor in a bowling alley. Hate yourself a little less.
13. Coax your fingers awake. Put on your warm slippers. Convince yourself you are in possession of at least a moderate level of storytelling acumen, and FINISH THE DAMN PARAGRAPH. Then celebrate with a cup of cocoa and a before-midnight bedtime.
14. Bolt awake at 2 a.m.
15. Question. Every. Word.
WE WON’T FEEL A THING comes out in March. If the dementors don’t eat it.
(Is your book debuting this spring, too? Want me to host a cover reveal? Hit me up at jclillisbooks AT gmail and let me know how I can help.)