Writing Novels and Irrational Lust

When a writer begins a new project, it's a new relationship. It's intense, sexual, fresh and exciting. And new project can do no wrong. The writer is completely infatuated with the story line, the characters, the setting, the dialect, the best friend of the second cousin of the main character's neighbor.

It's so good.

The trick, of course, is to turn that infatuation into a long-term love affair. The magic is when you can continue the adoration when those mental pheromones wear off.

Well, I have met my new novel and it's lust at first site.

One of the secrets to keeping it fresh is to keep it secret.

So I'm going to bore you with progress and possibly stories of when and where I write. But the book is mine until the first draft is done... about 90 days from now.

Wish me luck!



  1. I try not to share my shiny new ideas until I have at least 10,000 words. They are just too fragile. Are you working from an outline?

  2. Good luck!

    I love thinking of writing a book like this. From lust to committed love. Brilliant :)

  3. Good for you, Casey. Glad you are writing again. We look forward to hearing the progress reports.

  4. :) How true the analysis.

    Currently I am also trying a new approach - writing the things that pop in my mind. (Thus very conversational-like, because I talk to myself, and sometimes a few others in my own head :P)

    Good luck in the new love affair. But don't tell the missus yet :)

  5. VERY cool! I'm anxious to hear more.
    A first draft in 90 days is pretty awesome.

  6. Juli, they are fragile, aren't they. Like new relationships actually. (I'm using the word actually a lot lately. I wonder what that means... besides I'm getting old)

    Thanks Heather. It's going well. Couple hours writing, or a couple hours doing something else. Which should I choose... :)

    Thanks TB. You are the one of this convo who has read my other books, so that means a lot coming from you. Hope you like this one as well.

    Shadow, the missus doesn't know anything, except that I have become obsessed with a new story idea.

    Well, Joanna, that's a goal. If I can average 1,500 words a day, it'll be no problem. Thanks for the encouragement.



  7. this is awesome !!! have u written other books as well ? .. and 1500 words a day is good stuff.. when i am writing ,i can probably manage 800-900 words a day ..what's the book about ?

  8. I believe in you Casey!


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