Small Steps

A wise person once said that easy reading is hard writing.

I couldn’t agree more.

In the fall of 2016, I started writing a novel. Unfortunately, I am not as far along as I thought I would be. Most novels start at about 80,000 words. As of this week, I am up about 21,000 words.

Life, a full-time job, my freelancing work and the easy access to social media often pushes my novel down to the list of priorities.

But this past week, I made a choice. I made a choice to make small steps to complete my novel. Every night I spent a few minutes working on the novel via the notes I received from my writing group.

It’s not easy and often requires making editing choices that I would prefer not to make, however, the choices are necessary.

I know that the first draft will not be done for quite a while. However, I am confident that the small steps I am making will one day lead to a complete novel.


I’m Writing A Novel

Easy reading is damn hard writing.-Nathaniel Hawthorne

I am writing a novel. I started it last fall and I’ve written about 8000 words so far.

It’s not easy, not by a long shot. Between my busy schedule and the challenge of trying to create both compelling characters and a compelling narrative, it’s taken me longer than anticipated to get to this point.

While I recognize the challenge, I also relish it. The story I am writing is a personal one, far more personal than any other story that I’ve ever written. I have a completed draft of another novel, but I just couldn’t find the creative energy to move forward with it.

Writing to me, is more than words on a page or character spouting lines. It’s a cathartic undertaking that has allowed me to grow in ways I would have never considered previously.

Whether or not I will finish the novel or it is published one day (crossing fingers), only time will tell. All I know is that I have to keep going. I have to tell my character’s story. In telling her story, I am sharing myself with the world and freeing myself from the constrictions that life and circumstance has put upon me.

I’m writing a novel.

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