Another day, another chapter down. There's a light at the end of this editing tunnel. Every time I stop to do a rewrite, I wonder if I'm ever going to get done, but I know as long as I push forward, I can do it.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time? How do you whittle down an oversized novel? One word at a time. One page at a time. One chapter at a time. I know that as long as I've come out today with more work put in than yesterday, I'm moving toward that goal. It's motivation.
And you know what else is motivation? Something just as strange as my novel feeling real is happening on Twitter. You see, I managed to gain the bulk of my followers when I started this endeavor from my old job. I was a photojournalist for a news stations in Las Vegas and, fortunately, the web team liked me, so when I tweeted something new related, like a fire I was filming or a charity carwash I interviewed someone for, my station's web team retweeted it. Slowly, the people that followed my station began following me. It was a good base.
Now, a crap ton of them dropped me. I don't blame them. I'm not in Las Vegas and I don't tweet about news. They have no reason to follow me anymore. They're not going to hear about the gubernatorial race in Nevada or the latest big event going down at the Las Vegas Convention center from my feed. But... slowly but surely, all those lost followers are being replaced by people from the literary community. I have readers. And editors. And published authors. And every once in a while, someone says something nice, something encouraging, and I think "yeah... I am a writer. I can do this."
So I'm pushing forward. I don't want to give up on this crazy dream of being published. I don't want to stay where I am in life forever. I have people cheering me on. I have people that believe I can do this. And you know what, for the first time since I started this crazy trip, I really think I can.
Don't Forget to be Awesome!
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.