Monday, January 28, 2008

Here's The Jump Off

I began this novel on May 27th 2006.
Pages: 135
Words: 27,090

Today, on January 28th my alarm went off at 5:30:

Me: God, please pull me up out of this bed so I can start writing again!
Nothing
Me: God, please don't let me fall back to sleep
Nothing
Me: God?
God: Your life is going to be so much better one year from now if you will just take this one step.

I got out of bed.
I took a shower.
I made a pot of coffee.
I sat down at the keyboard and completed three pages.

Very small victories.

If you are a writer, you know that the writing is not the problem. The writing is the easy part. The real hard work begins after I type THE END.

editing
query letters
editing
submitting
editing
rejections
editing
rejections
editing
publishing
marketing
promotion
sales
book signings
book reviews

**sigh**

This is not for the squeamish, but there is absolutely no reason why I can't do this...again. I promised a plan and I'm still working on it. But I don't want to get hung up on the plan and keep myself from moving forward. In the short term I have to think about a book cover design and finding an editor. If I am consistent and recapture the attitude of self-discipline that I once had I could conceivably have a first draft completed before the end of the summer.

6 comments:

Diva (in Demand) said...

GET IT BIG SIS!!!!! You're my motivation!

Blah Blah Blah said...

Just the thought of you doing what I want to do...makes me proud because I don't think I could.

I'm def going to be checking on you.

This is great!

LadyLee said...

Good deal, Oldgirl!!

Right now, I am in writing classes, and I stay in writing classes. I'm doing that because it forces me to write and edit. I KNOW I have to have material ready to turn in for critique purposes, and it helps me SO much.

Now if I can only get motivated to be consistent. WOW.

And the plan. I'm finding it good to have a very loose plan, nothing outrageous. It's rough when you gotta work everyday. you know how that go.

But I know you can do it, girl...

One thing that gets me going, something I read last year.

"You don't get in the mood to write, you write to get in the mood."

So true.

Sharon said...

Do the damn thing Chele!
I know you can...
I know you can...
I know you can

Blu Jewel said...

You're driven and you're going to make your dream come true.

CapCity said...

THIS is inspirational! thanx!!!!