A writer friend, Patti Digh, posted that her child said from the back seat, “Stop struggling and get it done.” I decided this statement would be the renewal ticket to my blog.
I have been struggling with how to make time again for my blog. I loved writing it and hearing from you. It was a worthwhile action. I loved it. So, why did I STOP?
I’ve been writing, rewriting, editing, soliciting readers to read my manuscript, and I am still not finished with my book. It is getting better but the process has exhausted me. Not the writing, I enjoyed recalling the memories of my first classroom in the inner city of New Orleans. I basked in the writing zone for the last two years. It is the editing that makes me crazy. Next hurdle, how will I get it published?
First, it is humbling for an English teacher of thirty-three years to make so many manuscript errors. One of my key problems is spacing and managing Word. I should have taken typing. I should have taken a class on how to use Word. I didn’t. I always think I can figure it out. Well, I should have taken time to take those classes.
Secondly, everyone that reads my story gives me affirmation and advice. For example, son Adam said to cut out parts about Denny and me because the story was to focus on the challenge of integrating schools in 1967 for a first year teacher. That was great advice. So, I did that. Next reader, my sweet daughter-in-law, Christine, who is a voracious reader said, “ I need to see more of you and see what you look like.” She was right. I had not described me, the main character, because it was in three of the chapters Adam and Holly suggested to cut. Holly Miller, my established author and editor friend, had given similar advice as Adam and suggested I start at the most exciting point. So, I did, but those cut chapters were about Denny and me. All of this wisdom was right and needed. However, now I am rewriting the beginning and adding more about me. Another writer friend, Diane Drake, suggested I put in more inner conflict. That is what I am dong in my edits now.
I wanted you to know that I have inner conflict about not keeping up my blog. So, I am going “ to stop struggling and get it done.” Yep, every Friday you can expect a post from me. Please comment and push “follow” to help me build some reader members. In order for a publisher to even want to read my manuscript, they need to see I have followers. Thank you for those who have followed me. It’s going to happen. Thanks for reading every Friday.
Now, I have made a commitment, I will get it done.