Where does the time go? I started writing my book almost a year ago, thought I would be done with the first draft by the end of last year, and going through the umpteenth editing process right about now. Where is my freaking discipline? I blame it all on laziness, busy-ness, tiredness, and again on laziness. But I will finish getting there. I may slack behind now and then, but I will get it done…..one of these days.
Nonetheless, I wanted to say thanks for letting me share my progress over the past year, which included:
– new ideas flowing, having fun writing, unsure where the story will lead. This was probably the easiest and most exciting phase of the first draft. I had a ton of ideas in my head just waiting to be written into a novel.
– getting hot and steamy. I knew my book was going to include the hot and steamy scenes, but I actually got into writing them out, I began worrying about the embarrassment of having people close to me getting a hold of my book. But I had to stop focusing on the embarrassment and just write without fear.
–going through a mild slump and finding more inspiration. Sometimes inspiration just falls in your lap when you least expect it. Other times, reading will inspire new ideas.
Remember the antagonist in my story, Iris, the hussy?? Lol well, I had such a déjà vu moment when seeing this.
My mom had ordered a birthday cake from Paris Baguette for my sister in law. She ordered over the phone and asked them to put “Happy Birthday, Alice” in a Korean accent (ah ri seu). And instead, they put “Happy Birthday Iris.” FOB problems.. We were all cracking up. Remember how I said that I wouldn’t want any of my family members to be reading my book? My hussy character was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the name, Iris, piped in chocolate on the cake board. But there was no way I was going to point out the wtf-inspiration-message I was getting from the situation. It’s like….it’s a sign for me to keep writing, or to stop wasting time and go back to writing.
All of these signs just seem too “WTF”, don’t ya think? They all came at a time when I was in another one of my slumps, having a lack of motivation. My story was dying from being neglected. All this was just a reminder that I must go on and not let my characters die.