Just like the government, writing can be a hurry up and wait game. What do I mean by that? Well, whether it's waiting for a publisher or agent to get back to you, or whether it's waiting for an editor or beta-readers to send back your manuscript, it is a waiting game.
But one more waiting game affects writers, patience with writing your novel.
I planned to have this one finished this winter, but it looks like that won't happen. I was already held back for different reasons in the beginning, and now since I've had to get used to writing alone, it's slowed the process, too.
Part of it is confidence in my writing and part is making sure the voice is close to the same as when I wrote with my sister. I've been getting back critiqued chapters, fixing them, and then sending them back for one more round. It has slowed my progress, but I want the book to be great for all my readers.
Another reason is I'm building a world and I don't want to leave out important information. I want to make sure you as the reader get the picture, as it were.
For those of you that are writing, take your time and get it right. Once you hit publish, well, that's it. Once I have reached the end of this one, I will be sending it to beta readers and then onto my editor, so it will be a while.
Have patience with me and know I'm giving it my all. I hope this book is better than the last for you, and so on. That's my plan anyway.
It is close. I'm 3/4 of the way done. I'm also reading through it as I go to fix whatever I can ahead of time.
So take your time writers. And readers, well I'm thinking of you with each word I put on the page!
Have a great weekend all!