Celebrating the Journey

February 21, 2017

 

Hola Yoxani here, I love telling stories. I love hearing stories. I took up writing a few years ago. At the beginning, I thought I knew it all, so I started my first novel. I sat down and wrote and wrote until I finished it. Then I looked at it, and I was sold. I was convinced that publishing houses were going to get into a serious fight over who got to publish my best seller.  I had a pretty good idea of how my cover was going to look like because they were going to ask me exactly how I wanted it, right? I mean it was my masterpiece after all. Then, I looked down at the bottom left of my word document and realized the page count for my full novel was 9 pages. I thought, hmmm, perhaps I should add a little more detail to the story.

But, when I sat down to add the extra meat, I couldn’t find a single word left to add to the story. So I waited a few weeks and, the weeks turned into months. During that time, I went back occasionally to read the story again, to see what I needed to add. By that time I had accepted that it wasn’t complete, so I decided to do a little research. I went online and found out that story writing is a little different than story-telling and that a manuscripts are formed from many different little bits. So, I rolled up my sleeves and started my learning journey. Since then, I have taken innumerable writing courses, attended writing conferences both online and in person, I have entered contests, won a contest, submitted book proposals, and after all that, I finally decided that I was ready to bring that baby out of the dust. I got it out and added 230 pages to it. Now, I’m finishing my last round of revisions before I turn it into my editor for the final polish. My manuscript now has one foot out the door. What took me years to truly start, took me only six months to finish. What made the difference? Well, my confidence got a boost after all the craft courses I had taken. I devoured how-to-write books on many different topics, such as pacing, finding your voice, hooks, writing fast, dialogue, setting, describing physical traits, developing characters from scratch, plotting, characters flaws, and on and on. You should take a look at my kindle sometime. It’s replete with writers’ craft books.

Wherever you are in your journey, celebrate it, embrace it, learn from it, and most of all enjoy it. Be proud of your accomplishments. Trust in the process.

Now, I would love to hear about you. What are some things you have done to boost your confidence? What have you created lately?

 

 

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