Visiting Old Posts

Forestwood of Australia and I have been checking out each other’s blogs. I’ve learned that she has a material shop filled with fabric that she designed. She also introduced me to her other blog journaling the building of her new home.

She has in turn been reading about my novels and found and an old post entitled “I’m Finished,” posted May 6, 2017.

It’s an update on writing Jessica’s Mission. At the time, I planned to publish the novel in June 2018.

It is now July 2019 and I’m still working on it. That’s not exactly true; I got waylaid by my health.

There have been long stretches where I was unable to write because I was just too tired to care. But as my energy has returned, I have been able to spend more time with my book.

The winter of 2019 slowed me down considerably. I became discouraged over my health, my future adventures, and my book. But I knew if I gave up, I’d never be healthy and I spend the rest of my life at home by myself—depressed.

I continued to improve my health.

(You may be wondering what happened. If I decide to write about it, that will be for another post.)

I took the “finished” copy apart by main character point of view. I read each character to make sure their story was consistent, and found some characters’ stories needed more telling, which meant more chapters.

Once finished, I thought I could blend the chapters back together in my head and arrange them in the computer. That didn’t work.

I printed each character’s story, laid the chapters on the floor and tried blending then into a novel. But things were a bit confused. I left the chapters for a couple of days and let the story flow about in my head.

(I should have taken photos of the process. I didn’t think of it.)

I blended the chapters and am now reading the story as a whole.

Here is the manuscript by chapters. I decided it would be best to leave it out in case I wanted to make changes, which I’ve already done once.

I’m still finding places where I can give a better explain of things, I’m rewriting sentences, and I have rearranged a few chapters again so the story flows even better.

In the last couple of years, I set and reset the month and year of publication only to miss the goal and have to reset it again.

This time around, I’m hesitant to declare a publication date.

My goal for this summer is to finish this rewrite.

My editor will read it, I’ll make those adjustments, then give it to a few beta readers. After I deal with their suggestions, there will be more proofing to catch as many errors as possible.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I read or how many times editors read my manuscript, there are always more errors. They’re like the plague!

Writing a novel takes a long time. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Lifetime goals are set and accomplished by those who don’t give up.

What is your big goal for your life?

Have you had set backs?

How did you overcome them?