Where did the time go??

Okay, okay. It’s been half a year, and I haven’t posted a thing. Sorry about that.

But I have some pretty cool news to share.

I. Wrote. A. Book.

Yep, that’s right. I wrote an honest to goodness novel. It’s not published — YET, but it has been an amazing adventure.

In February, I discovered the book No Plot? No Problem: A low-stress, high-velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days. It’s by Chris Baty, who founded the concept of National Novel Writing Month. The basic idea is to spend a month — which he recommends defining quite literally — writing a 50,000-word first draft of a novel. I figured “I’m actually good at writing on deadline, so why not!”

Well, I ordered the book and it arrived on February 6, so — if I followed the rules — I would have waited until March 1 to start my draft.

I ignored that and over the next 30 days I wrote a book. And you know what? I really liked it.

I liked the writing and the finished product. I know the draft needs some work, and I have been toying with revisions in my head, but there’s some really good stuff in there.

So, why am I telling you this now? Because I have gotten discouraged (or maybe just tired!!) and have pondered the “If at first you don’t succeed, erase all evidence that you tried” path of moving forward. And I really don’t want to do that.

I want people to read my book someday. I want them to get to know and love Kelley as much as I do. And I know I have some work ahead of me to make that happen and I need encouragement for the journey.

I will appreciate any kind words or suggestions you have to offer. In the meantime, I’m going to pull out the draft and start my next round of revisions.

One thought on “Where did the time go??”

  1. I have been looking forward to reading this book! Your hubby told me that it was a wonderful book and he was very proud of you! For him that says a lot! So I know it is going to be fantastic! Besides, I’m one of your biggest fans, so get to work!!!!! I love everything you do!

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