I did it. I finished the rough draft of my manuscript. It has been a long time coming. I actually know the date I started, May 9, 2009.
I am not one of those authors who can say they have always burned within to write and this story has just been bursting to come out. On the contrary, I discovered I liked writing only within the last 10 years through some letters to the editor and some creative non-fiction writing that got published in our local newspaper. That led to the creation of this blog at the beginning of 2009.
Then a friend asked me to be part of a new critique group she was starting. I felt inadequate, except that most of us there were new writers so I wasn't alone. I submitted a few pieces and then thought I'd start this book. For various reasons that are either too boring, too lame, or no longer important - I just couldn't seem to finish it. But yesterday, Labor Day 2012 I did it!
It is a rough draft and there is still plenty of work to be done - but I now have the confidence that I will get this polished up and ready to send off.
So, if you have a dream that is sitting on a shelf somewhere - I encourage you to dust it off and try again - you can do it!
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