Over the Hump
I hope you all had a pleasant holiday. My Christmas present to myself was pushing that little progress bar to your right over the 50,000-word mark. I’m more than halfway done! (um, with my first draft.)
Actually, I’m very excited, because I’m hitting a great section in my manuscript. For the past 45K words or so, I’ve been carefully setting up for a sequence of events. And now it’s finally time for the events! It’s a whole different game. Instead of maneuvering People into Places so that Things can happen, I can finally just … let things happen.
I have also made a New Year’s resolution, one week early. I need to start talking up this book.
I’ve kept up an excessively self-deprecating attitude about it, both on- and off-line. But I know that needs to change. I have to eventually (ulp) promote myself. And although I’m not at the point where I’ve got a decent hook or high concept or sacred question to share, I’m pretty sure that the first step goes something like this…
(Fair warning: Stuart Smalley moment ahead)
It shouldn’t be so hard to type this, but oddly enough it is:
I like my book.
Ack. There, I said it.
No, seriously, that was hard. Perhaps I need to say it again, for practice.
I like my book. And I think other people will like it. It’s true that it’s not a textbook-perfect romance novel — I’m learning a lot by making mistakes. But I adore my characters, and I’m working very hard to make their story an entertaining read. So my New Year’s resolution for this blog is to list the many reasons you should be salivating to read it. Hopefully, that will someday gel into a blurb/hook/concept without my doing much actual work.