It was on this day in 2014 that I completed the first draft of my first book. I was so relieved to have accomplished it, yet I never looked at it again, nor did I ever share it with anyone, not even my husband.
Yeah. Lame, right?
But I wrote it for myself to prove that I could. It was something I’d always wanted to do, but always wimped out when my inner critic’s voice overpowered my own narrative. So I finally did it and was proud of what it was.
Then a lot of things happened! Soon after I finished the book, we found out we had been matched with a child for adoption. That fell apart a few months later, and then a few months after that, we did end up adopting a child… A different child, who’s now our son. (Sunshine of my life, I might add.)
That brought us to August 2015, when I had surgery to remove the cancer in my testicle, and then three days later, got on a plane to move to California. (Because one life changing event at a time wasn’t enough, and we were on a schedule.)
And finally, we find ourselves at August 20, 2016. I set a goal to write 20,000 words in 20 days, starting at the first of the month. I’m happy to reveal that I met that goal and have my first draft of a second book.
So what’s next? 20,000 words is typically classified as a novella. That seems to be my comfort zone for now. The previous book was in that range too. It’s enough to put some real meat on the bones of the story, establish characters, plot, and settings, but it’s a quick read too. Those are the books I tend to enjoy reading as well. And this one is something I’d like to seriously consider moving forward with.
I’m going to let it rest for awhile, take a break and come back to it with a fresh set of eyes. Then I need to round up some trusted people to read it and give input. After that, I think it would be wise to find an editor. Writers need editors. Most of us are too sensitive, too emotionally tied to what we’ve created, and an objective third party can take something from good to great.
I fell in love with the story. It’s very personal for me. I used elements of my cancer surgery and recovery to give a unique perspective to the protagonist. The story’s set in the outskirts of San Francisco, so that was endlessly fun to write about.
That’s where I’m at today. I’ll post an update when I have one.