Back in 2015 I wrote the first draft of a novel, Johnson Farm. The next year I wrote the first draft of a follow-on novel Going Home the Hard Way. In 2017 I published Johnson Farm and started editing Hard Way in earnest… and realized that there was no way of finishing that book without also telling the story of one of the side characters from Johnson Farm.
It was supposed to be a simple one-shot story (So was Johnson Farm… You’d think I’d learn…). But it was mildly terrifying because I had to write a good portion of the book from the point of view of a 14-year-old girl; something I had yet to pull off successfully. But I had to try…
So, I did my thinking, did my research, and tried really hard…
Well, the first third of that story just went out this week! And, I have to say I feel good about it. When one of my pre-readers (who I in no way based the character on…) can read a passage and say “Yep, that’s me!” I think I’ve made some progress in my writing of female characters. And, I’ve learned a lot of other things in the process.
The book, currently known as Unintended Consequences, still has a long way to go. I decided to take this one to a bigger publisher (Johnson Farm was put out under my personal label and is due to be pulled for an update and reedit…). There’s a long way to go, but one way or the other it will see the light of day. Sending a book to a publisher is a scary thing (if you haven’t sent one before and you aren’t nervous about it you might not understand the situation…) but if the project is worthy, then it has to be done. It’s another opportunity to grow!
We all have dreams dear reader. We usually have to do hard things to bring them to pass.
Among the most valuable things we can acquire are the willingness to try and the courage to get out and do. When you combine those with a dream that fits your values and principles, there isn’t much that can evade your grasp.
This is short, I know. I’ll have more to say next week (and maybe I’ll get to that story…). But, for now it’s enough to say that we, you and I, can learn, grow and do great things.
See you next post dear reader, see you next post.