Tonight I’m going out for a third night in a row, which I haven’t done in a long while. I think it’s because on Wednesday I finally finished a first draft of the Sex, Life, & Hannah Summer Season, and for the first time in eight months, a huge weight lifted off my brain. There is a solid list of reasons for why it took too long: lack of inspiration, identity crisis, writer’s block, guilt…I could go on, but I’m going to stop. The important thing is, the first draft is done, and that is always the hardest part.
What now? I’m going to re-read the Winter and Spring Seasons, make notes about any story lines I’ve left dangling, make sure names and references are correct, and then go through the manuscript one more time; adding, changing, deleting, giving it a final go before handing it off to my two amazing editors.
There’s a lot of work ahead. Probably three or four rounds of editing, and then a complete re-design of all three books so that they can all come out looking like they’re related, “pro’d out”, ready for the new distribution deal. I cautiously say there will be a book release party sometime this summer, I confidently say it will be a great one, but tonight, for a third night in a row, I will relax and relish the feeling of successfully making it through another creative test.
Thank you everyone for all your love and support, this would not be real without you. Stay tuned for more…