Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Step in the Right Direction

So yesterday I decided that my first chapter revision has been completed. So I enlisted the help of my (free) editor and sent off a copy for critique. Unfortunately, she works crazy hours so I'm not sure when I'm going to hear back from her. The deal was I'd pick up her written feedback this weekend. I'm excited to hear what she has to say, but I have to admit I'm really nervous too. This marks the first time that I've let someone read something that I've written and asked for feedback. If all goes well I may look to find someone that I don't know to take a look at it.

Now I just need to find the time to start on Chapter 2. And if my memory serves me correctly it is actually 2, 3, and 4 that I'm going to have to look at and do some combining. At some point I am going to have to turn off the TV and get to work if I am going to finish this draft in 75 days. I'm pretty sure that is how many days left until that magical age of 20-10.

I do have the weekend free for the most part so I'm going to try and block out a couple hours to dedicate directly to the working. I know that to get this done it is going to take discipline and I'm most likely going to have to schedule time to write. When I started the challenge in November there was an excitement pushing me. Was it really possible to write 50,000 words in just 30 days? And I proved to myself that it was! Now is when the real work sets in along with the dread. I've always been good at starting things but have always struggled with that whole finishing aspect of it. But the only way to cross "Publish a Novel" off my to do list I have to just suck it up.

PS - I want this computer!

1 comment:

  1. Erin - I am so proud of you! As someone who tried and failed to write 50,000 words - I know how hard this was for you and I am so proud of you for finishing it and trying to take it to the next step. If you need anything - words of encouragement, someone to read your draft, a typist (I may not be a fancy computer with 'handwriting recognition' but I am pretty good with a keyboard!) I am totally here for you! Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing about your progress! Good luck!