Well this month I’ve been working on the first draft of a new story, a light romantic contemporary in the same vein as my upcoming novel to be released. It has been a bit of struggle to be honest, but I did well, and in about three weeks of work I got to about 20,000 words. But now I have set it aside because my first round of edits has arrived from my editor at Wakefield Press for my upcoming soon to be actually published novel, Making Friends with Alice Dyson.
So that is pretty cool!
So working with an editor is a new experience for me, and hopefully I’ll write a bit more about all that stuff in a separate post in the future. For now, I am re-working the first section of my novel to try and improve the areas pointed out by my editor. It is actually quite exciting, to have someone want to work on my book to make it better, she's giving her time to improve my work.
It is a pretty amazing feeling!
So here’s the thing. You have a big dream (I waaaanat to be puuuublishhhed!!!!!!!!) and then it comes true.
And instead of everything being suddenly perfect and you being fully satisfied, you immediately move onto the very next thing and obsess over that instead (I waaaaantttt to be repressented by an Agggggeeeennnntttt!!!!).
And then you miraculously get that too!
And for like a week life is great!!!
And then you descend back into your next goal, (I waaaannnnttt anotherrrr of mmmyyy novels to be sollllddd for publication tooooo!!!!)
Like, how greedy is that?
It’s kind of uncool.
I’m trying really hard to curb such useless feelings.
I always tell my family to be proud of where they are, and stop always dismissing their achievements to focus only on the future and what they don’t have. If anyone looks back to a year ago you’ll probably see you’ve made huge amounts of progress towards your dreams, and yet, we spend so much time stressing and obsessing over the future, we never stop to feel good about what we have.
I hate that I tell my family this all the time but find it so hard to practice it.
I don’t want to be that kind of person.
I think the only possible way to feel truly happy is to live in the here and now and be grateful for what you have in the here ad now.
And I’m working on focusing on these aspects cos I really do believe they are so important.
A year ago I would have died if I knew that by 2018 I would be working on a manuscript to be published with a real editor, or that I would have secured an amazing literary agent who is working behind the scenes on my behalf to sell my work!! As in, she likes my books enough to show them to other people!
It’s good to remember these things. :)
Stay grateful, folks!
And stay happy too!
I read lots of books, here are some pictures!!!!!!!