As some of you know, I’ve been facing a lot of challenges in finishing my first novel—not just writing a decent first draft but editing it, too, to my liking. The whole process has been taking me a really long time. So. The other day, I decided to make a video in which I share some of my struggles but also 5 tips for new writers, or those who have thought about starting a novel but just haven’t done it yet.
Really, I don’t think anyone’s journey has to be as arduous as mine. Just keep these tips in mind, live by them, and you’ll make progress much faster than I ever did!
Writing Challenges + 5 Tips for New Writers
Looking back, however, I think I almost had to go through the toils that I did at the length that I did for a reason. Not everyone will have such a hard time staying dedicated to their writing, but taking this long has allowed me time to grow and mature more in the middle or working on this project—giving me a fresh perspective that has allowed me to tackle subjects in my writing that, in the past, I felt inadequate at handling.
It all works out in the end, I suppose. 🙂
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(This video was pretty long, I’ll admit. I went through several takes before getting to this version, too. Next time, I’ll try splitting any long videos I make or focusing on just one topic. Also, still figuring out how to get my Canon T3i to focus while capturing video! Normally, I only use it for photography. A bit of a learning curve there, hehe.)
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
So right now I’m really excited because as of this morning, I only have 4 scenes left to edit before I can start looking for beta readers for my WIP.
I mean, look at that progress meter! > > >
After almost 10 years of thinking and toiling and avoiding and dancing with this story that’s grown to become The Elementalist: Rise of Hara, this is amazing!
Today, I have every chance at wrapping up those last four scenes. Yesterday, I was able to take a crack at seven scenes, so it’s doable.
Don’t worry—I’ll be sure to make an official announcement when I’m 100% done with my edits, though. 🙂 It will be a grand affair.