|Posted on June 25, 2017 at 8:15 PM|
Well, ladies and gentlemen. As of around 4 a.m. last night I was able to wrap up "In Love & Fear"©, and therefore conclude the first major draft of my book, "Just Before the Dawn"©.
"Lost & Found"*
"To Have Loved & Lost"*
"...And Back Again"
"Legs of an Angel"
"Gone, But Not Forgotten"
"In Love & Fear"
Wow. I know it is hard to relate to all of you how it feels to write something when I haven't published anything yet, when I don't have professional writing experience. But believe me I worked hard over a total of about five months' worth of time to reach this moment. I pushed and pushed and pushed myself past a number of barriers, as well as facing challenges to achieving a level of writing I have never done before. All with scarcely any feedback and sustaining my progress with strong and mindful confidence that I can still do it. In order for this book to succeed and inspire as I hope it can I had to be as realistic as I could despite my modest writing skills. The strong realism also involved researching online to find out how to portray certain mental health conditions that I don't have, so I could do justice to those who do have them.
I may have a contact in the works for potential references with editing and then publishing, but there is something more important first. I'll need to seek out local mental health professionals to gauge how the realism in these stories should measure up to people who may read the book and have mental health diagnoses. This is so no one reads the book and finds themselves unprepared for what they read. The intent is to inspire, but also to be mindful of whether a person's symptoms may be triggered from the material and then finding a way to avoid those situations. I have never sought out editing for my writing. I have never published anything before. Yet, here I sit believing in these collective six stories with the confidence that I can do this.
With this in mind, I am going to blog next Sunday so I will save general updates for then. And would you believe not even a day after finishing the book I want to write another story. Addictive, isn't it? I can recall telling myself that I need and want a break from the highly refined fiction writing. Well, I am considering writing more stories for a future second book depending on how well this first one does. But that is another story. Time for a break from writing in general!
See you all next week.