♡ You will HATE reading your first draft. I will tell you — it really is a terrible experience.
♡ You will try to find excuses not to pick it up and edit it.
♡ You will lose your writing routine because you want to avoid working on your work, because you need to edit now. Not writing in a flow.
♡ You will cry. You will cry at almost everything.
♡ The prospect of finding an agent in this too big world will be the first thing to set you off.
♡ The second is the amount of rejections you need to mentally prepare yourself for, whilst continuing to believe in your work enough to get it published.
♡ You will want to start book number two to prove to yourself you can still write and the first one can wait. FALSE. By all means take notes if you have a grand idea for book two but pull through and finish the first, first. You can do it.
♡ You will spend every night trying to find publishers, read agent profiles and wonder how the hell the business work.
♡ You will cry because you don’t know the business works.
♡ You will cry because you’re sure you can’t handle rejections. Trust me. You can, and if you can’t you better get into practice.
♡ You will compared yourself to any book you read while working on your own. Just because yours is different doesn’t make it shite.
♡ You will eventually get through your novel, and start feeling a weird sensation. This is your confidence coming back — you made it. You’re on your second draft.
♡ You will start re-writing and it’ll seem like you knew you what you wanted to say to your reader from the very beginning. You just needed a little mental push and self doubt to get you to that point.
♡ You will cry because the agent business is coming awful close.
♡ You will cry because penguin wont immediately sign you.
♡ It is all worth it. Trust me. This entire process has been out of this world.
————– And so i bring you to the stage that i am at currently. Right now i am continuing my writing exercises daily, setting aside a time and having my phone send me an alert when i forget. I work on at least one chapter a day of re-writing my manuscript and working on my notes from my read through. Right now i’m very excited with where its going. I feel positive, excited and pleased with myself. I almost believe it could be a great little novel. Thus far i have reached chapter eight of my re-write. Only thirty more to go.