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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group - April

It's that time of month again. Time to support our fellow writers. This is the brainchild of the intrepid Alex J. Cavanaugh http://www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com. Here is this month's entry.

I finished the first draft of my novel. And that is what I want to talk about today. I finished writing a novel. When I write that, and when I think about that, I realize what a monumental accomplishment that is. I was a nonfiction writer for 30+ years. Never dreamed of writing a novel until I went to Ireland/Scotland in 2009 and that darned voice came, asking me to tell its story.

I did it, kicking and screaming along the way, because I didn't think I could. Didn't think I knew how. Didn't think it would be any good even if I did figure out how to do it.

But you know what? It doesn't freakin' matter. What matters is that I stuck with it. I allowed this story to emerge, I don't know whether it's any good. I don't know if anyone besides a few close friends will ever read it. I don't know if I can find an agent/publisher or whether I will self-publish. All I know for sure is that I finished writing a novel. And I feel pretty darned good about that.

How about you?
Blessings,
Karen

28 comments:

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Great post Karen, I had forgotten the group what with the A to Z in progress. Enjoyed the read,

Yvonne.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Congratulations! It's an awesome feeling when you hold the complete MS in your hands. Enjoy it for a moment before you delve into the next draft :-)

Annalisa Crawford, One of April's IWSG Co-Hosts

Claudia Moser said...

Looking forward to your release! Happy for you

Donna Shields said...

Hey Karen. That's a start! It's a wonderful accomplishment. Congrats.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Enjoy that accomplishment! It's a huge one.

Fiona Pearse said...

Congratulations, Karen. You're right. Sometimes we have to remember to give ourselves a pat on the back! Good luck with the next step.

jaybird said...

Congratulations. I know that feeling of accomplishment, and it should make you feel proud! Hold onto that feeling and relish in it. It is still an amazing accomplishment, whether or not you get published.

Julie Flanders said...

Congratulations, Karen!! This was so awesome to read, very happy for you.

Suze said...

You should feel very good about it, Karen. From all I remember, this was an important story and it needed expression.

Karen Walker said...

Yvonne, I know, bloggydom is just filled with A-Z'ers right now.
Annalisa, I am and I've delved into draft two as well.
Claudia, God willing, there will be one!
Donna, thank you
Elizabeth, I know. I'm in awe.
Fiona, this is a first for me, patting on back, I mean
jaybird, I will keep reminding myself of that!
Julie, thank you so much
Karen

Madeleine Sara said...

Congrats. Sounds like you've achieved a great milestone. I'm way behind you though, I'm afraid. I have too many other commitments on my time, which doesn't help.

Karen Walker said...

Suze, I do. Thanks.
Madeleine, just hang in there - if I can do it, you can do it!
Karen

Manzanita said...

Congrats, congrats and ditto.
What an accomplishment. I love to hear things like that.

Margo Kelly said...

Congratulations!! Huge accomplishment. And I love the quote on your sidebar about comparing ourselves. :) Have a great week!

Karen Walker said...

Manzanita, thank you
Margo, me, too
karen

elizabethwatgibson said...

You should feel good finishing a novel is an accomplishment. Brava!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! That's awesome. Perseverance wins out in the end. :)

J. A. Bennett said...

*throws confetti* Yay!! *blows on party horn* Wahoo!! Now where's the cake? You should at least treat yourself to dinner :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats!! It's a wonderful feeling. You pushed yourself and you succeeded.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Here's to sticking with it! You deserve to feel very good about that and you deserve some kudos. Here are mine!

LD Masterson said...

Ah, my boat mate. Here's my happy dance for you.

Beth said...

Congrats on finishing your book! And thanks for stopping by. Following back.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, you did it! Now you can't say you can't do it.

Brinda said...

Yay for completing your novel. You should celebrate!!

Georgina Morales said...

Congrats! It is a great accomplishment and I think it's awesome that you are taking the time to enjoy before worrying about its future. I'm sure this is only the first one of many more to come. Enjoy each moment!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What an awesome accomplishment Karen! You have my admiration :)

Rechelle Owens, Author of Romantic Fiction said...

Congratulations on finishing your novel. Regardless of what happens with it from her on out, at least you completed it. There are so many writers out there who can't say that yet. Best of luck with it.

Liz Fichera said...

It IS a huge deal, Karen!! Bravo to you.