Why it took six years to finish my novel

If you know me personally or if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I’ve been working on a novel for quite some time.

By quite some time, I mean six years. I started the novel when I was 19, and I finished my first draft at 25 after four attempts. I’m currently in the revision process for my second draft, but I doubt it’ll take me six years to finish.

Well, I hope it doesn’t, anyway.

So why has it taken me so long? Here are some reasons why.

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Who am I?

Emily Stewart looking over Lake Ontario in Grimsby, Ontario.
Photo by my sister

I’ve been using this blog off and on for three years, and I realized I have not done a “Get to Know Me,” blog post.

By looking through my blog, you probably know I am a writer, I went to university and college, and that I love Pokemon, but there’s more to me than that! Okay, not really, to be honest. Depends on your interpretation.

I answered all the questions from this Get to Know Me Tag found on Root Report.

Some of you who know me personally probably already know the answers, but read on anyway!

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The day Chester taught me that I am an overachiever

If anyone knows me, they know I talk a lot about my golden retriever Tommy. I’ll also post a lot of pictures of him on social media.

It’s no secret that I am a dog person, and always will be. I grew up with goldens my whole life, including Chester. He was our family pet from when I was in the third grade, up until he passed away the summer I finished my third year of university. He would have had his 16th birthday this year.

What? I’m a crazy dog lady, like my mom and my Nana.

He made me smile, with all the weird thing he ate, his love of chewing on ice cubes, his ability to give high fives, and his desire to always receive attention like a typical goldie.

Rather than write a sappy post about how much I miss him, even though I miss him dearly, I thought I’d write a funny story about one of the few times I could ever be mad at my dog and the day he taught me something about myself.

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Some thoughts on NaNoWriMo

Today is December 1st, which means two things. First, Christmas is in 24 days! Hooray! Secondly, it means that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has finished.

As indicated in my last post about NaNoWriMo, I was trying to write over 63,000 words. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words of a project in a month.

How did I do? I reached 27,679 words, which is not even close to the minimum word count.

Part of it was that I was really slacking in the last week. I had some sort of respiratory bug last week, mainly a sore throat. While having a sore throat doesn’t take away my ability to write, it does take away my motivation to do much else but play Pokemon Moon (Side note: I chose Rowlett).

However, I still had projects to do for the various outlets I write, volunteer, and produce for. Those are time sensitive projects, so I wanted to get those out of the way.

The other reason why I didn’t reach that desired word count was that I found myself just slugging along because I know it’s the end of the book and that I just want to finish it. I mean, it took me five years to get to this point so I would like to publish this before I turn 30 and think my story is awful.

Regardless, I was able to reflect on things I’ve noticed about the NaNoWriMo experience, so I thought I’d share them.

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Happy NaNoWriMo: A novel update

For those of you who don’t know, it’s National Novel Writing Month. Writers will try to write 50,000 words of a story from November 1st to November 30. While people often sign up on the official website and keep track of their word count, I haven’t done that.

Why? I’m an “unofficial” participant, so to speak. I feel like NaNoWriMo is more of something for writers to flesh out a new project. I, on the other hand, am taking advantage of it to finish my novel. After all, I have been wanting to finish it for five years.

I will likely sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo, the July edition of the event, for a new story, that being said.

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If you want to read it, you write it!

I was on Tumblr for three years in university. I don’t use it anymore, but it is a fun site to distract yourself.

Right now, I’m just satisfied with reading posts from pages like “The Best of Tumblr” and finding things on Pinterest and BuzzFeed. I often smirk if I’m scrolling through social media and I find something funny, but some posts on Tumblr have made me chuckle out loud, even if I found it from another site.

I also notice that some people say they want to see a book no one has written (yet) and they will describe their ideas. Most reactions are either praising the idea, or they add ideas.

Like this one.

Via alexandriawulf on Pinterest



And this one.

Via itsstuckyinmyhead.tumblr.com on Pinterest

Along with this one.

Via WeHeartIt

I would totally read all of these, by the way.

I’m not the only one who notices this, of course, because Buzzfeed did an article with a collection of these posts.

As much as I love seeing different writing ideas, these posts drive me bonkers.

The ideas I’ve found through these Tumblr posts, among others, are fantastic and I can say I haven’t read anything like it. If someone already has a good idea for a story, they should just start writing it.

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The day I decided to stick to writing

Everyone has a dream job. Although I wanted to be a writer above all else while growing up, I’ve had some other plans in mind.

Given the way the way said other plans turned out, I think I’ll stick to making money by freelance writing and doing whatever else I do on top of that.

“What could you possibly want to be other than a writer, Emily?” you may ask. My other career plans have changed from a veterinarian to an esthetician, to an early childhood educator, to a college instructor. While I’m still keeping the last one in mind, there was a backup career that I had that was likely fuelled by my love for performing arts and pop culture.

I wanted to be famous.

celebrities jennifer lawrence okay actress cool s
Via funnyarena.net on Giphy

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Why am I a writer?

When I was in Grade Seven, I wanted to be a writer. I was obsessed with the “W.I.T.C.H. book series”, and I wanted to create something like it. I was working on what I was hoping to be a seven part series where it would be a manga-novel hybrid, just like those books. Unfortunately, I never finished.
Although I said I was determined to be a published author in grade seven, the dream started earlier. I was reading “Cardcaptor Sakura” and Tokyo Mew Mew like it was nobody’s business in my preteen years.
I was playing games like “Paper Mario” and everything else about the Mushroom Kingdom. I would make my own stories up while playing said video games, and would make comics based on it.

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