On September 18, 2014 (a little over a month ago), I celebrated my 5 year anniversary since starting my debut novel, The Woman on the Painted Horse. With a little less than a month to go before my second novel, In the Land of Gold releases on Amazon, I have to say I’m a little stunned right now. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years, and while it seems like forever ago, it also seems like just yesterday.
When I first started that first draft I knew nothing, and I have to admit that it showed. While I thought the words pouring from my fingers were the next best thing since sliced bread, the reality was my first several drafts actually really sucked. I used passive voice, I used weak words, I told instead of showed, and I knew nothing about everything when it came to the rules of writing.
Thankfully, I had the sense to seek out knowledge. Armed with my friend, and fellow published author, Sabrina A. Fish, we decided to join a local writers group. Little did we know that in doing so was the start of what I can only say has been a whirlwind of an adventure.
In the last five years I have seen countless meetings, several conferences, meeting new friends, getting to know fabulous authors, starting this blog and meeting all the fabulous followers here, one published novel, another one about to be published, I’m awaiting the outcome of my third, and I’ve already started my fourth.
Of course, when I stop and think about these last five years, I can’t help but really think that 2014 has been probably the best one so far. Sure, the four years I wrote my first were fun and exciting, but 2014 brought me so much more than I ever dreamed.
Needless to say, the last five years, especially the last one, have been overwhelming—in a good way, of course. I’ve been blessed with so much and I look forward to the next 5 years!