Saturday, January 1, 2011
The Best of 2010 BlogFest
In late 2009 I had started writing a novel, and it was the first project I started writing since high school. Although I’ve wanted to be an author for a long time, I had not attempted to write anything for fear of failure. It took me eight months to write my first novel, and there were plenty of times when I wanted to give up. My job was getting in the way and the free time that I did have, I spent with my family. I could have easily given up, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could not just be a starter, but also be a finisher. So I pushed myself until I typed those final words; “The End.”
I was so proud of myself for actually finishing something, that I started finishing all projects, although none were as fun as writing that book.
After I was done with writing, I decided to go a step farther and edit too, before submitting it for publishing. Only, a tragedy happened. My computer broke down and the book was lost. I had one computer expert look at my hard drive and tell me there was no way to open that file in which my book was saved. I was devastated, all that hard work down the drain. Sure, it wasn’t going to get published, but I still wanted to keep it. Determined to try again, I went to a different expert, who tried for hours and hours, but he finally managed to save my book on a CD.
I had my baby back and I was ready to hit send. There was no way I was actually going to publish that. I mean, who would ever read a romance novel about two people who are trying to save the lives of abused dogs? Well, I guess I was wrong since a few publishers liked the idea and looks like its getting published sometime soon as the book is currently under contract.
The lesson I learned in 2010 is that it might be hard work, but it’s so worth it to finish what you start.
That is my goal for 2011, to continue finishing what I start, be it writing a book or teaching my dog a new trick. It might be hard work, but it’s so rewarding when you realize you did it.