but it is worth it because my first draft is done!
What began as two short stories combined into one
is now forty-five chapters (almost 85,000 words)
written over the course of nineteen months.
I wrote it, dreamt it, lived it, imagined it, read it, and edited it.
I have laughed, cried, been surprised and exhausted by it –
a story with memorable characters who now exist outside of me.
It’s time to let them fly to an excited to be working with me
experienced editor in New York City.
She will help me turn a project I am proud of
into a polished first book.
“It’s right up my alley,” she said several weeks ago, after reading a chapter
from my poetic prose coming-of-age story.
Her alley must be an edgy place sprinkled with dark humor
and fantastical thoughts that spill from a young female character.
Good to know! I am excited to be working with her too.
Four weeks is what she will need, to read and edit,
then rinse and repeat. We will Zoom and I will fine-tune.
Turning my book over to another guardian
will be like sending a child to summer camp.
I hope to get some rest, but I know it will be short-lived
because soon, it’s on to the next task on my book-writing list.
If you have been reading me since last July, you might recall I went on a solo writer’s retreat. Link will take you to a post from that adventure. The photo above is where I wrote when there – the table with the gorgeous view. I wrote either there, near a river or open field, in a public library, or in a coffee shop. It was a wonderful writing and life experience and a chance to escape the Sonoran Desert heat. One of the many things I enjoyed while there, was how different writing places and spaces delivered a different energy to my book project. Nine months have passed since then. It is hard to believe and yet it seems fitting since finishing a book feels like birthing a child! OK, maybe it is not quite as painful. 😌 Many things have happened with my book project and in my life since then. Unexpected and wonderful things. I am excited to see where this path takes me. I am also excited to share more about my writing journey as it unfolds. ✨ To read my book writing timeline, visit my “Writing Journal” page.
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
― Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
I am not going to share plot or character details just yet, but I would like to share a few writing highlights-
- Drafting dialogue (who knew I had so many voices in my head!)
- Seeing the story unfold in my mind (this is what engaging books should do!)
- Creating the setting/locations (building sets in my mind – very cool!)
- Naming my (many) characters (with only one child, I have not mastered this skill)
- Keeping track of days/months as the plot progressed (what day of the week should it be?)
- Verb tense (most of the story is written as a flashback which made this tricky)
Thank you for reading and listening. Be well. 💗 Michele
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A special thank you to ‘Humoring the Goddess‘ for sharing some music with me, including this beautiful tune. 🎶
Photo 1: shutterstock Photo 2: writer’s retreat, Cascade Mountains, OR Photo 3: me with my printed manuscript
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