For example take my debut novel (yes, shameless self promotion here!), Piece It All Back Together. I wrote the bare bones of it in about 10 days which was a little over 60k words. I did it that fast because I was up against a deadline not because I normally write that fast. While that first draft won me a contest I knew that it wasn't ready for public consumption. I could have tried to get it published but I knew it wasn't ready. I sat on it for about 2 years while I continued writing like crazy to become ready to write a novel. Finally, when I was ready I spent about 3 months rewriting and adding to it until I felt I had the best novel I was capable of writing. I submitted it to a publisher to let the editing process begin. I received some notes from an editor and set about making some subtle changes, nothing major. I should mention this was after I proofread and edited the manuscript before submitting to the publisher. I ended up editing the manuscript about 3 times and one final time after some notes from another editor after switching publishers to Hellbound Books. That whole process took about another 2 years. If you've never been through any process like this just know that by the end I never wanted to see my book or it's characters ever again. I developed a love/hate relationship with my own work because I was sick of looking at the F'ing thing! All in all I spent about 5 years with my novel in my mind in one shape or another. Can y'all blame me for needing a break?
Then, of course, comes the personal upheavals that life always provides. I won't go into all the gory details only to say that things work out the way they were meant to... sometimes. A lot of people say that "everything happens for a reason" and I don't 100% buy into that because we only tend to say it when something good comes after a bad situation, however, it is applicable sometimes. The good news is that I and those closest to me all survived the pandemic, my day job has been crazy busy but it is a stable job, I've been working out so I'm in nearly the best shape of my life and the year my lady and I have spent apart is coming to an end because we bought a house!!!! Unfortunately while she is moving in a few days I can't move until June but we have a damn house! No more apartment hopping!
Feind Gottes - horror & metal nut!
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