I had started writing a novel in November 2010. I based it on a bunch of ideas I'd had milling around in my head for the better part of the last decade. Drawing on my love of horror and vampire books (and no, not Twilight...I read those books and enjoyed them, but I haven't seen the movies, and I don't consider those *real* vampire books), I'm hoping to write a story that involves the supernatural, as well as on more sci-fi and horror aspect, two other genres I also enjoy.
My major influences for the story include classic vampire novels like Dracula (my favorite novel of all time), Carmilla, Varney the Vampyre, the Vampyre: a Tale, as well as newer vampire books like Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and Stephen King's Salem's Lot. Speaking of King, his body of work overall, the blending of great stories with supernatural and horror and sci-fi, is something I'm trying to model my approach on.
Getting back to the actual writing of it, I began last year when I tried to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which occurs every November. About 2/3 of the way through the month, I gave it up as I didn't have the time to write every night. But new plot ideas and twists kept popping into my head over the following year. I kept notes (Evernote rules...look it up!) and sketched out an outline for the general story and characters. It reached critical mass about 2 weeks ago when I went back and read what I'd written last year...
...and it was pretty good, if I do say so myself.
I've begun to pick it up again, writing whenever I have the chance, and have fleshed out the story a bit more in my notes. Right now, my goal is to just write, write, write. Get everything down onto the page (er, computer screen) and finish all of the first draft writing. Then, I'll go through it with a fine-toothed comb and edit, revise, correct any inaccuracies/contradictions, and try to tighten up the story.
My eventual goal is to create a story that I'd like to read, and that I think others would like to read as well. Just like with my Blur book(s), it'll get published one way or another. It'd be great to get a real publishing deal, but if I need to self-publish again, I'd be more than happy to do it.
Writing a novel is something I've wanted to do for a LONG time, and I'm finally in the right mindset to get it done, no matter how many months/years it takes me!