Of course it’s not complete, it is simply the first step on my way to seeing my novel in print or on a Kindle or Nook: it is the first draft.
I’d like to share a few small things that I have learned from this process:
- It is possible.
- It takes work.
- If it’s not working, adapt and change.
It is possible. I set a goal, wrote it down and made it happen. How amazing is it that we live in a world where we can make what we want in life happen. I think in my life there have been so many times that I have looked at a task and said “This is not possible.” I wonder how many things I could have accomplished had I known that the reality of any situation is: it can happen, it is possible. The other side of that coin is that making the possible happen will not take place with out work.
I think that the four letter word work is the swear that escapes the lips most for those who fail to accomplish their New Years resolutions. Work, or the fear of work held me back in the past because I was not willing to make the sacrifices needed to accomplish what I wanted to have happen. Very little happens without work. If you want what is possible to happen you need to figure out what it’s going to take. When I was writing my novel I set smaller goals that were manageable and I had to give up other things that I wanted to do to make room for my new goal. I also put in the time everyday. I heard someone say that results are the outcome of action multiplied by time, or something to that effect. What it means is if you do small things everyday they create the big thing you want.
In my writing I came to three sections that just didn’t work, I was sitting down with paper and pen in hand and fighting to get every single word. At first I simply used the above method and it worked I had a chapter done, it was the hardest chapter I had ever written and I tossed it because it still didn’t work. It never worked. Did I stop writing the novel? Of course not, I did have to change tactics, adapt, which lead me to a chapter that flowed simply. Life is ever changing and you either continue to adapt to those changes, still making your way to your original goal or you fight it and end up taking a much harder and longer path that you may find in the end has not lead you where you really wanted to go.
When you reach the end of the path, before taking the first steps down the next path stop and enjoy what you’ve accomplished. Life is about learning how to let go of suffering and embrace the good that is there. When you accomplish a goal that’s good and it needs to be embraced, shared and celebrated.
Did I tell you that I finished my novel? Pretty cool huh?