Barbara Mertusova Just Finished Nano 2009 and still no novel
Let’s see, a friend from the past asked me last week how my book was going. I told her I am now starting the third full edit of my novel and I must have it finished this year. I refuse to fail and no matter what happens to the book this is my challenge to myself and hang what anyone else thinks. Sure it is going to take a lot more work than I have already done but I will do that one step at a time, one sentence and one chapter to take away how long it feels to still get it done. Writing a novel is not about my ego, rather it has dissolved my ego. I realize it is not about bragging about my writing, rather keeping my head focused even in the dark times and the lonely times of writing.
I re-worked the first chapter on Monday with just a few changes to the avalanche scene and the start of the second chapter adding the tie in elements that need to be at the start of the book with how it ends. Also more tie ins to the dunes and the sand etc.
I put both of the critical feedback on the first half of my book into folders. I have two people who have read the first half and have given me their opinions of what doesn’t flow, so now I must take into or disregard what they told me as I start forward again.
I just tell myself over and over and over each day that I have to finish this novel this year. Today I am going to work through my lunch hour at work on the book. I will only get this book done by plodding along one hour at a time.