Slight Progress.

Well I didn’t think I’d be ringing in the New Year with yet another post, but here we are! As I said in my previous tangent, I wanted to blog a little bit more and by-heck I’m doing just that.

I’ve decided that this edit that I’ve been planning out today will be my final revision. After this, I’ll read through and only change typos. If I want to make any major changes, I’ll have to convince myself not to.

At twenty-seven, I know myself well enough to know that I’ll procrastinate the hell out of this manuscript and find any minute details to change to prolong getting out of my comfort zone. Enough is enough.

A tweet from my favourite author, B.A Paris, gave me a boost I needed. It read:-

For all writers sitting on a manuscript – 5 years ago today, at the start of a new year, I took courage in my hands and sent the ms of Behind Closed Doors to the top five literary agencies. And it’s been an unbelievable, amazing journey ever since. So get yours out there!

Paris writes such incredible thrillers, all three of hers have been such wonderful reads; she’s made me want to take a peek over the fence into writing suspense. But come on, Pheasey – let’s finish this one first, hey?!

Even though I’ve always written romance, that little tweet gave me a little glimmer of hope on the horizon that the work I’m doing may not, hopefully, be all for nothing one day. I’ve just purchased the Writers’ & Artists Handbook 2019 edition, which I cannot wait to flick through.

With re-reading some beta reader feedback and writing down some key points I’d like to cover myself, I’d say the progress I’ve made with planning today hasn’t been too bad. Obviously, it would help if I pulled myself away from the socials far more, yet that’s a telling-off for another post.

Even with that being said, I’m glad to feel that buzz for my novel back again; that thrill of weaving another thread into the story in hope to enrich the reader’s experience, is one I do thoroughly enjoy. Knowing that I had another edit in front of me had filled me with fear and reluctance, yet it’s something I’ve managed to embrace over the past few days.

I know that, once again, it’s not going to be a quick process, especially with the additions I’m making. I’m sure most writers do, yet I wish I could read my novel through another’s eyes as if I hadn’t written it myself. To not be able to anticipate what was ahead within those future pages would be a thrill.

As usual, I’ve been very lucky to have been able to lean on my friends again. Thank you to Bec, Camilla, Daryl and Gabriella for letting me ramble about all things writing, my indecisiveness and my characters for the past couple of days. You’ve kept me level-headed! And, um, sorry for the long texts.

Have a great weekend, everyone.


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