“IF WE DO NOT PROGRESS, WE GET NOWHERE FAST.” Mr. Cress, curate at Rosings, Hope For Mr. Darcy
This week was a big one for me. I had a goal to finish my fourth book, Hope For Mr. Darcy, by the end of November to celebrate National Writer’s Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I started this book at the end of August and have made steady progress through the last three months. Well, I did it! I wrote those two lovely words, THE END! It is a feeling that is both joyful as well as sad. It is wonderful to complete something, and then also great to feel good with how it ended. But finishing a book is like saying goodbye to a long-time friend, knowing that you will not see them for a while. Sure, I can read my book any time, but to write it and let the energy and personalities of the characters move your fingers, is thrilling. I feel like these characters are my friends, my family, and my neighbors.
But it is also relieving. Very much so. Currently I am in the process of publishing Pride and Persistence, which can be viewed as a full time job. Every week I get a 13-16 page chapter back from my editor and I have to spend hours reviewing her recommendations, rereading, emailing back and forth if there are questions, and then placing the finished chapter into the document. Along with these weekly duties, I also had to write and edit the back cover intrigue, acknowledgements ,and dedication–– all of which are somewhat difficult for me to write. I feel like first impressions are vital. Give away too much, and people do not feel like they need to read the book. Give away too little, and they won’t buy the book.
But the last several weeks I have been working closely with my painter, Rebecca Watkins, who will be creating an original work for the cover. I cannot tell you the amount of emails, sketches, and questions back and forth that have occurred over the last two months. But progress is being made. She sent me the initial foundation painting of what my cover is going to look like . . . so I thought I would share it with you and get some feedback!
The painting will probably be done before the editing, but it is not about timelines or deadlines . . . it is about progress. Progress in writing, progress in editing, progress in painting, progress in life. We all need to take an inventory now and again and realize that progress is important to not only make, but to acknowledge. Maybe you didn’t finish a book this week, but you were able to finish the laundry (which I have not!), maybe you have cleaned your showers (which I paid my daughter to do), maybe you exercised this week and met your personal best (which I failed to get to the gym this week), or maybe you were able to get a full night of unbroken sleep (which is rare for me). Either way, recognize what progress you have made, and celebrate it. For if we do not progress, we get nowhere fast.
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