Writing my debut novel – All That Glitters Is Not Gold

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Writing my debut novel – All That Glitters Is Not Gold

I’ve started writing my debut novel, All That Glitters Is Not Gold. It’s a historical novel based on vaudeville performers who tour regional Victoria during the Great Depression.

I thought I’d start on chapter one this week considering I had it all worked out in my head and I had to start sometime. So, first things first, I typed out Chapter One in nice font and made it look all official. Then I thought, ok, how do I get what’s in my head down on paper (computer screen actually). I write the first line and it doesn’t look right. I stare at it wondering why when it occurs to me that I have my scriptwriting hat on which is just not going to work. I think to myself ‘This is going to be a bigger challenge than I thought.’ I have to train myself to think ‘novel’. This means that I have to remember to describe everything to the reader. They need to be able to visualise the clothes, the surroundings, the era that the story is set. When you watch a film this is all explained by the visual presentation. I realise that I’m going to have to work harder, more research, more questions.

An hour later, I’ve only written 42 words which I’ve already changed numerous times. I’ve looked up names for the era, fashions, made up a table of contents for my ‘notes’ document, got distracted with a few emails that came in, got myself a glass of wine and now I’m sleepy and it’s after 11pm.

Ok, I made some adjustments and am now up to 86 words. I’m going to need a good editor because I’m already picking up mistakes with my tense.

It’s now 11.35pm and I’m super tired and have only written 99 words, 101 if you include Chapter One and of course excluding this blog. I think I’m going to be finished this book by 2050. Working full-time is a pain in the butt! I need a sugar daddy or a large mysterious donation to fall out of the sky so I can do what real writers do, spend ALL DAY WRITING! That would be bliss! But back to reality… It’s time for blanket bay.

Ok, I’ve taken another look at my progress and it’s not looking good. I need to decide on the tense. There’s so much to think about really when you try to take something out of your head and turn it into a story that makes sense to everyone else.

A few days later … I’ve ordered about 12 books from the library on fashion and cars and more things I need to research! My office is looking slightly chaotic but that’s nothing new. It’s an organised mess. I’ve just added another 5 years to the release date of my book! As for chapter one, what have I done so far? Well, I’ve picked out some interesting names, dressed the characters, given them hairstyles, and set the mood. Give me a break, these things take time. They must be accurate! You wouldn’t think to rush an artist, would you? Well, writing is like painting on a canvas except you use words to create the picture and you need to blend the right words to make a great sentence, paragraph, page, story.

I look forward to sharing more of my writing journey with you. Until next time.

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Jacqx Melilli, author, editor, writing coach & playwright. Helping you write your legacy.


"I secured Jacquelin’s services to edit my book. The book was transformed under her guidance and I was grateful for the clear-sighted direction which she imparted with logical and also creative reasoning. The publisher was impressed with her edit and I know they have a better product as a result of her input."
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