I finished my draft a week ago Friday and then about an hour later Tom and I were on our way to Laguna Beach for a writer's gig I had that conveniently coincided with our two years married. It felt so unbelievably amazing to celebrate the end of this draft on the beach with my love!
After we got back I actually spent the whole week cleaning up the first five chapters of my draft. There's still a lot I want to change but I'm forcing myself to keep away from it because before I do that, it's time for the thing to be read, by somebody else, all the way through.
I happen to be one of the luckiest writers on earth because my aunt is also a writer. And she's not just any writer, but this fabulous, extremely talented, gorgeous writer. Her latest book, actually about our family, is coming out soon. She's read some of it to me already and it's going to be fantastic! Scroll down the link for her full bio.
So my amazing aunt, and dear friend, has agreed to read my draft. I know she'll have great feedback that will help me make this book better and so when I tackle this draft the next time I can go in and make changes based not only on what I think needs to change. My head has been in the draft so long I doubt I have any objectivity left at the moment (if I ever did). I'm nervous as hell to give it to her, because I look up to her so, but at the same time I wouldn't want this read to be for anyone else.
So what to do now? There's that thing I said I'd do. And with six months left, I better get on it. Except, my instinct is sort of leading me in a different direction....so what I think I'll do next is spend the rest of the week writing something completely different, just for fun. Then next week I'll get my outlines of Book Two and Three in better shape. Then...I'm off to Hawaii. Part Travelweek gig, part writer's gig. Its my fifth time there and I love it more every time...so stay tuned for pics from that!
Now for my next post....enough of these updates I say! Who cares where I am now, where I'm going. You've heard about it enough and frankly, I'm sick of thinking about it. So next time I'll be writing about something I think about a lot when it comes to writing books. My take on a long-standing argument that relates to novels such as Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight (and really every other novel in the universe, if that makes sense).
So thanks folks for bearing with me so far! Thanks for caring, to those of you who do. And thanks to my husband for his unwavering faith and encouragement. If it wasn't for him I would have given up writing this draft two weeks ago (let's just say I had a moment). The pic above is one of the orchids on the orchid plant he brought home last Tuesday for our anni. Two of my favourite colours and since last week it's started to bloom like crazy! Love to you all!