Yes, The Journey Is Long, But It’s Worth It

I feel bad I haven’t blogged in a while, but I’ve been on a roll with Amelia, and I think it’s important to stay focused on my WIP (work in progress) as much as possible.  I’m certain you all understand.

So, where am I with Amelia? I’m on chapter eleven , which is a transition chapter, the hardest for me to write. Making sure the transition is smooth is always difficult, and keeping it exciting, is even more of a challenge. Normally, I sit on it and think about it way too long, but I think that’s just a way for me to procrastinate.

I’ve blogged about procrastination before, and I could probably blog about it ten more times, but I won’t. Instead, I want to explore a question someone asked me recently:

“How do you work on the same book for so long?”

At first, I thought it was a rude question, but after thinking about it a little longer, it’s a valid question. I’ve asked myself the same question many times, but to have someone else ask me, is a little different.

My answer? Here’ it is:

First and foremost, I love the story I’m writing. Yes, the story’s changed MULTIPLE times, but that’s just a part of the process. It doesn’t matter how many times the story changes, you have to love what you’re writing. What’s the point, otherwise?

Second, my characters. I love them. They’re real and a part of me. They tell me the story I should write and listening to them is the most important thing I do as a writer.

The last thing that keeps me focused and writing Amelia is all the lovely people out there encouraging and supporting me. There’s nothing more exciting than hearing, “I can’t wait to read your book.” Then, there’s the most encouraging words ever, “You can do it!” — And you know what? I can and I will!!

I’ve learned not to dwell on how long it takes me to finish and I try my best to only  concentrate on those things that will make the story everything it should be. Yes, it’s great to have goals and deadlines, and I’m slowly learning how to be effective at setting them. In the meantime, I’ll just keep writing, making sure I keep the love of the story number one on my list!

It’s not about how long it takes to write the story, it’s about the journey and where you allow it to take you.

Until next time…

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One response to “Yes, The Journey Is Long, But It’s Worth It

  1. My “problem” is that this WIP has been such a learning process. As soon as I think I’m done, I learn something new and have to go back and revise. I just finished a major renovation to the framework of the story. Recently, I had a critique done and she highlighted every “was” and I realized how passive my voice was in spots (one paragraph had 7 of them! Yikes!) Am currently fixing that problem.

    I look at it this way: now, with these first works is when we have the luxury of time to learn and to practice our skills. Later, when we are published, working under deadline for our next book, we’ll need all these lessons learned.

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