I hope your January ended well and your February is off to a wonderful start! I know that so far, for me at least, that this has been the most productive start to a new year that I have ever had. Between writing, making new friends, listening to podcasts, reading new articles and taking time to myself, it has all been wonderful.
I want to dive right into updates on the book! Please take a look at the picture above. Specifically, up at the upper left hand corner. See that?
YES! I FINALLY FINISHED CHAPTER ONE.
It only took an entire month for me to accomplish. *Insert eye roll* It honestly felt like a huge stepping stone in getting this book rolling. I am super stinking excited about it. Like, I am actually doing it. I am actually writing a book. HOLY GUACAMOLE
On the flip side, writing it has genuinely been one hundred times more difficult than I could have ever imagined. I have been reading the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott to try to help with my feelings towards this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to write or is an aspiring author. It talks about S***** First Drafts and how perfection will destroy your writing. It is a wonderful read and she is funny to boot.
Here is a little excerpt:
“Now, practically even better news than that of short assignments is the idea of shitty first drafts. All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts. People tend to look at successful writers who are getting their books published and maybe even doing well financially and think that they sit down at their desks every morning feeling like a million dollars, feeling great about who they are and how much talent they have and what a great story they have to tell; that they take in a few deep breaths, push back their sleeves, roll their necks a few times to get all the cricks out, and dive in, typing fully formed passages as fast as a court reporter. But this is just the fantasy of the uninitiated.”
Another piece that has helped in this process is that a high school friend has offered to help me edit it. (Thanks girl!!!!)
I feel like slowly but surely things are falling into place, even if I do only have chapter one done.