Taking the next step!

Today I did something fairly monumental.  It wasn’t life-changing, or indeed groundbreaking. 

So what did I do? I printed off the first chapter of my book.  Oh is that all? I hear you ask.  For me, it was a huge thing.

I’m really suffering from a crisis of confidence at the moment.  I’m pretty sure all newbie writers go through this at some stage or other.  I am painfully aware just because you think something is good, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is.  Especially when it’s something you have created.  It’s a bit like having your own baby, you believe it’s the cutest thing in the world.  Someone else may have a different opinion!

Over the last couple of months, I’ve discovered my own style of drafting and editing, a system that works for me.  I’ve researched many other authors ways of working, and they are all different.  So whilst mine might be a little cack-handed, I feel comfortable with it.  And ultimately it works for me.

For now, I’m not thinking much beyond the printing of chapter two, and then three etc. I have the bare bones of the book written now, I just need to put a little flesh on it in some places.  My main characters seem to swallow hard a little too often, I’m afraid they’ll do themselves an injury! They also seem to have a lot of tears rolling down their faces, they’ll get sore!  Those things definitely have to be changed.

I lost my way a little at the beginning of the year, I got caught up in thinking about agents, publishing deals and editors.  I was definitely running way before I could walk, so I re-focused and got back to writing.  I still don’t know if I’m good enough, but the least I can do for myself is try!

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