As many of you know, I have been working on my first ever novel for about five years now. I finished the first draft during Fall last year. The manuscript was only about 35,000 words but I thought I was done. My editor, the brilliant, wise, wonderful writing coach extraordinaire, Mark David Gerson, said nah, it wasn't. And he was right.
So now, some six months later, I have revised it several times and hit 50,034 words last Thursday. It is now the minimum number of words to be considered a novel. Yahoo!
So, I accomplished my goal of writing a novel. But is my goal complete? It could be, if I decide not to try to publish. But I can hardly imagine making that decision unless drastic, unforeseen circumstances occur in my life.
If it never gets published, am I happy? On one level, yes I am, because I stuck with something that seemed so far out of the realm of possibility and was one of the most challenging things I have ever done. I am happy with the resulting story. But whether anyone else will be remains to be seen.
My job was to allow the story to emerge. Now I must put the finishing touches on it. Make it magical.Then figure out the whole publishing issue.
How about you? How do you perceive accomplishing goals?
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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here on Monday and Tuesday. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair.
"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
"The way to do is to be."
"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."