So last week I finished my book Terrahtu: The Black Dove. It’s taken me half a lifetime to create, but it is complete. Now that I am able to make the time the cobwebs have started to clear in my head. Things that were difficult to complete have taken on new life. I am simply amazed. It is as if finishing one thing has opened the door to so much more and I have only realistically begun my journey. Sometimes you just have to finish something to help you move to the next level.
For example, this book that used to be 44 chapters long and 800+ pages is being turned into three different books. I have seriously weeded out my plot issues and it truly is a different story now. I had at least 5 characters that I was following around in the last attempt which upon reflection I realized made it difficult to read. The problem was that I loved my characters and felt like they all deserved some spotlight time. The solution: let them have their own books. This of course means I have to create a whole lot more than I started with, but the ideas are limitless. I’ve created a world with its internal and external conflicts that will continue in each book. All I have to do is, big drum roll here please: keep writing.
In revising this past book I have literally created a future of books to keep me company. The funny thing is the whole process has allowed me to generate ideas for other stories too. So tonight when I started to revise a chapter and felt all bogged down because I am so ready to move on, I put it aside and pulled out my Stuck In Normal story that I had started. I am so surprised at how much my writing has grown since I first started the first draft of Terrahtu. I’m writing things that I know people would enjoy reading and I am simply amazed at how easily the words come to me these days.
What is the key? The fact that I am able to focus on the dream. That there is no longer a voice in my head telling me I have to make the logical choice. I don’t have to find a career to fall back on when I struggle as a writer. I can simply be, simply do. I obviously cannot change the doubt and challenges I had in my past. You cannot revise that. You can only learn to move on and plan for your future. For now I am simply all about living the dream: Stay at home mom, loving wife, and proud author.