Out of sight but not out of mind.

How fast the pages turn over a year. Last spring (February 1st to be exact), I started writing my first ‘real’ book. I didn’t stop till May. Most of the book was written, but faaarrrr from done. I tried to start editing immediately, but knew I needed a break. At this time I was working full time and was still working events on the weekends, so it was perfect timing to let the book sit…and sit it did…for 8 months! Finally, spring rolled around again and I knew it was time to get serious.

This isn’t my first book or major writing endeavor, but it’s the first that I’ve actually taken seriously or stuck with over the age of 18. I know I have taken the editing stage a little too far, but my poor baby needed it. But now, after MONTHS of editing, cutting, revising and revamping I am getting close. So close, I’m starting to engage my beta readers and what can I say but “Holy crap I’m nervous!” I’m letting two very close friends (that enjoy the paranormal YA genre) give it to me straight and I am petrified of their honesty. I crave it, yet knowing that they could turn around and say, “It’s good, but…”

Yes, I’m actually asking for the harsh, honest truth, because at this point I am so lost in the sea of editing, I need some kind of life raft, even if it has a hole in it. I’m hopeful, yet realistic, meaning…we will see.

In the meantime, I’m going to keep plugging away as if it doesn’t suck and finally finish the ‘first’ draft. I only have about 100 more pages to edit, before possibly doing another skim read, then on to finish the last chapter in book 1.

What I knew but have re-learned:

  1. If you don’t LOVE writing, don’t start.
  2. Once you think you have your plot down, think again.
  3. If you are going to let your characters drive, you better make sure their GPS is functioning properly.
  4. SCHEDULE writing time – if you have any kind of life, this is the only way you will ever get anything done.
  5. Wine and editing ONLY mix when you need a serious ego boost!

More to come…

About Kimberly

Writer, wife, mother of two very feisty little girls, lover of fiction (especially urban fantasy, snort out loud comedy & smutty romance). First novel in progress...put on hold to have children and back at it again.
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2 Responses to Out of sight but not out of mind.

  1. Hang in there Kimberly. Remember writing is a form of Art. Everyone knows that if you put 50 Artists in a room, you will end up with 50 different opinions. As they say,
    “it’s all in the eye of the beholder”, so just please yourself.


  2. Joy Davis Moore says:

    A new side of you I did not know about. I love reading and some writing but never like you are doing. I do better sticking to genealogy. Anxious to read your book


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