Day Tripping

Wow! I don’t know why but this final re-write of my YA novel is taking much longer than I thought. I had envisioned already having my finished draft off my desk weeks ago and I’m still working through the final changes. Some days, I find myself back-tracking: rewriting something that I’ve changed back to what I had originally and then moving forward. It’s a slow process. I’m inchworming (mmm…is that a word? if not, it should be!) through my pages of changes and revisions.

The other day, I ran into one of my dog-walking pals, someone I haven’t seen for a while. She asked me how things were going with my book project. I said I was finishing up my final draft. She sounded excited for me, but all I could think about is that I’ve been telling people that same story for quite a while now!

That’s the thing about working on a book. It’s such a ghostly undertaking. You can talk about it as if it’s real, but most people have no idea what’s involved: what you’re actually doing day and day out. For them, writing a book is sort of ethereal, like imagining a castle in the air. It’s hard to explain that it’s all about writing and rewriting, moving pieces, trying to complete a puzzle.

For now, I’ve decided to give up giving progress reports: All it does is make me feel frustrated with the slow pace of my revision process. Instead, I’m going to focus on making steady headway — and pat myself on the back for moving forward, however snail-like my forward motion is. Day by day, I’m getting closer to my goal. And so are you. So for now, let’s just enjoy the trip. Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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