So I'm leaving you with my favorite Christmas message.
This word reminds me how I can best remember the reason for the season.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas surrounded by lots of family, fun, and of course chocolate.
Last summer after one of my soccer games where I played really well (scored 3 goals), my daughter who happened to be there, said to me. "Have you always been naturally good at soccer?"
My mind immediately went back to a video my husband made of my first game ten years ago, where I completely missed the ball and almost landed on my butt.
"No," I said. "Mom had to work really hard just to be able to kick a ball without falling over."
The same goes for writing. I honestly used to think that because I wanted to be a writer, I would just be able to, but that was when I was young and naive. Now I know differently. Writing takes work, lots of hard work. Even if you know grammar, proper punctuation, and sentence structure, doesn't mean you know how to write a good story. Yes, there are some people out there who have a natural way with words, but they still have to learn how to pace a book, develop characters, and keep the reader's interest.
I’m kind of word hoarder. I keep all of my drafts just so I can that I've improved. Just like that video shows me that I'm a much better soccer player.
So take a look back this week and see just how far you've come in your writing.
No post on Friday since it’s Easter and I’ll be spending some much needed time with my family.
Happy Easter everyone, hope you get to share it with loved ones.
Here’s the thing: it’s not my first novel.
It’s my fifth.
And that’s only counting the ones I managed to finish – there are pages and pages of notes and drafts of novels that never got past the first few chapters.
Maybe I’m a late bloomer, but it took me a long, long time to learn how to write a novel, and even longer to write one that was any good.
It might be bad because if it takes five books, I still have three more to write.
It might be good because I CAN write more books.