So after that last post, on the recommendation of others I took about a month hiatus from working on the novel to give myself some perspective and see what came of it. Well, the month passed and I got back on track and I’ve spent about the last two weeks editing my manuscript like crazy.
It’s actually been very instructive, observing the changes in my writing style over the last six years. I didn’t honestly think it would take me six years to write, but then, I think somewhere deep in my subconscious, I also didn’t really think I’d ever finish it. What a nasty little worm to have living back there. Writing the book kind of became a way of life. It was always just there, always at some stage of progress, always developing little by little here and there. But never finished.
Well, I did it, and I feel damn good. And the editing is going wonderfully, it’s improving so much from the first draft. I managed to get in touch with an agent as well, by a stroke of luck, and honestly everything couldn’t be going any better than it is.
In any case, boys and girls, the lesson is that if you want something, you have to make it happen. I know that’s somewhat trite, but I hear people every day tell me that they would like to write a novel, or sail around the world, or open their own business. But they can’t, because of this or that, money is tight or they just don’t know where they’re going to be in a year. Well, that never changes. There’s always going to be uncertainty. So do what you want, when you want to do it, and let the gods worry about the details.
I’m editing my book, my book, and soon it’s going to be published. It just takes time, and work. So make it happen for yourself, and don’t listen to the naysayers. Have faith in your journey, and be the path you wish to follow.