As I think about how much I love my writing and what kind of dedication of time and effort it takes to do it, I wonder how I have been able to write an entire manuscript for a novel, have a family and a demanding full-time job.
My passion for telling a story is my motivation to get it done. I have been using a planner to put my writing goals in and checking them off as I get them done. It is very helpful to see the progress being made when I am in the middle of the bigger and more time-consuming projects like self-editing. Last month, I’ve had my book club read a draft and this past weekend, I’ve worked through another draft of The Hard Way. This version has integrated some of the thoughts that our members mentioned to make my manuscript better.
I know that editing is a necessary part of the journey to getting my novel published. It is truly a labor of love to make it better by rewriting and cutting sections out of the story. Some of the parts you really like but are not necessary for relating the story the characters are trying to tell.
The current goal is to get these edits into the computer version of my manuscript this week to create draft version number seven. At the end, all this hard work will move me one step closer to my goal of seeing it in print.