The nine stages of writing your novel

There’s nothing quite like a cat to illustrate what writers really look like while writing a novel.

Be warned!!

So at the very beginning, you usually wake up in the middle of the night with the idea of a life time…

idea cat

It doesn’t take long before you’re super confident and eager to get your story down on paper, sweet!

confident cat

But… you don’t quite get why it’s so hard

confused sad cat

And then it hits you.

Where the f*** are my words??!!! Someone f***ing help me!!

hanging cat

Then comes the descent into madness at even the mention of a ‘night out with friends’

angry cat

When someone tries to encourage hygiene, it may take a moment or two to remember the purpose of water

weird cat


You will (thank god) eventually emerge into the light with a finished manuscript.

But… well…


Once the initial excitement wears off, you take a closer look and realise that you need to start editing

run away.gif

And finally, because you’re generally pretty insane, you’ll start the whole process again ASAP


Good luck!!


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  1. The U.S. government is investigating the case because there’s evidence that the hackers are linked to the Russian government, although
    particulars are still sketchy, in accordance with two sources aware of the probe who were not authorized to publicly talk about the matter.


  2. hello millie schmidt its dennis the vizsla dog hay my sister pooh bear the kitty yoozed to sit on my dadas lap wile he wuz riting so i gess he did all his staydjes of riting with cats wunse!!! of korse pooh bear went to the rainbo bridj almost ten yeerz ago so no wunder he is slower to git things dun now he has no kitty to help him ennymore!!! ok bye


    1. Awesome to see I’m not the only one! Cats seem to be the perfect avatars to demonstrate the perplexities of the #writinglife !! I’m not sure if this should be concerning to me or not…


  3. Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a entirely different subject but it has
    pretty much the same page layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

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  4. Last year I saved a little cat… I took care of it, I weaned it and after my cousin adopted it… Now the little cat is like a tiger ahahahsh big, fat and aggressive 🐯🐾 but we love it😍

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  5. Millien So glad you liked Reasons Why i Have summer Blues because then i found you!! Coffee, chocolate & wrinting but also Cats! in this house the majority says Cats should get top billing as they did in this post. I really needed a laugh today, so thanks.

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    1. Yay! I’m so glad I found you too! I’m so tempted to add cats to the title of my blog hahaha I just got a new cat actually, as my little Moët went missing back in March and I was finding it so hard without a cat in the house!
      I’m stoked this post made you laugh! I’m looking forward to writing the next one haha 😊

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          1. Lost my Tony to cancer at the beginning of April. He is the one snoozing on Shinki’s but in We Miss the Sun. Does not matter how they go, we miss them.

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  6. Hi Millie, great and amusing post, so right with the cats except mine do not allow lack of hygiene one in particular gets quite upset if I do not shower in the morning. Very interesting way of presenting. Bless you

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    1. Thank you! Haha that’s very true about the hygiene !! My new cat Sven is quite vocal in the morning, he is always the reason I get up earlier then I would normally like haha *sigh* cats


  7. What an unexpected gem! Clicked randomly after your lovely follow and immediately collapsed laughing, but sort of crying too because yeah you get it! Sorry to hear Moet is missing, what a cool name and I hope he finds his way home. xxx

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    1. Thanks!! Oh and you have cats too!! My little Moët has been missing for two weeks now and im pretty devastated (reason why I haven’t blogged). Seeing this post constantly on my website makes me sad 😞


    1. Thanks 🙂 I had so much fun finding the gifs, cats are hilarious. I found the gifs from various sources, though I think I may have found some on gifsoup (then I saved as & uploaded to WordPress)


      1. Then comes the descent into madness at even the mention of a ‘night out with friends’- I thought that was just me. I don’t want to go anywhere or do anything when I’m in my mode. As for cats, mine use to sit on the desk as I typed away. One day I went to use the bathroom and the little critter, Lord knows how he did this, pressed select-all and delete and somehow managed to save it. How’s that for paws of destruction? I guess he just wanted to tell his story, but when it got to the crunch, he suffered from writer’s block.
        Tigz, sits on the floor now, he has been booted out of my circle of trust.

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        1. No way!!! I can’t believe that happened to you haha I’ll make sure never to leave my laptop unattended with my cat. He gets a bit moody sometimes, and no doubt wants revenge for all the times I reduce his caloric intake because I’m worried he’s getting fat. Thanks for the warning!

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