It’s been two weeks since I left work. It’s felt like a holiday as Easter took up a large chuck of it but it has already been a productive writing time. Sitting down to write every day hasn’t felt like the chore I was worried it could turn into. I’ve been able to sink myself fully into my manuscript, producing about 4 – 5,000 words a day. The story is really taking shape in my mind now and although it will need revisions, the first draft is pouring out of me and it’s exciting. I feel more focused than I have since I started this writing journey. And I like what’s emerging.
But as ever I’m keeping a lid on my excitement because what looks and feels good to me right now might prove not to be when I finish the story or when my crit partner in this Elizabeth tells me it isn’t It’s always scary believing in a project in case it all ends in disappointment but I know that my writing and story telling is improving with every page and all writing experience is a good thing. It all helps brings us closer to that publishing goal.
Literary agent Rachelle Gardner in heer post “will your first book be published ?” says that writers should write several books before seeking publication to give you practice and confidence and so you know you can write more than one book. My WIP will be the fourth book I’ve written along with countless starter stories that never quite reached novel length. I agree that with each one I’ve grown in confidence and skill. This along with feedback from crit partners and agents, has meant I’m in a much better place as a writer than I was when I started.
I don’t think writers ever stop learning their craft. You learn every day that you write and I’m still learning. Best if all, I’m enjoying it and I still feel the need to do it. I want to, I have to write. And hopefully, this new focus on it will pay off in the end.