I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever thought I would be this kinda writer! Ever! I had no idea that I could it, that this is how my book would be written. But is has happened. I wrote the opening chapter of my new WIP. And an hour later I wrote the last chapter. And guess what? Now I have to write the chapters in-between. But seriously I didn't know that I would be good with writing random chapters and then piecing them together once the book is completely written!
I mean, I always thought it was crazy that authors do that. Write a chapter here or there and then piece them together. Get stuck on one chapter so they jump ahead and back and all around until the don't have that block anymore.
But I did it. The beginning and the end of my book are written. And now I am working on the middle and it is all okay because I know exactly where each chapter leads. And this baffles me. But I know why I can do it. I know why it works for this book where it didn't work for some of my other books.
Because I have been planning this book for seven years. For seven years these characters have whispered there stories to me. Begged me to write their story down. Pleaded with me that I share their story with the world. For seven years I have gone to bed dreaming of these characters, kept awake by these characters.
I have taken notes, played out scenes in my head. Even started the book a few times. I know these characters like I know myself. I know their story as well as I know my own past.
I have lived with these characters for almost eight years now. And so I know how everything happens and in what order it happens and what causes it to happen. I know who they are fighting against, I know what they are fighting for. I know each characters fears, and hopes, and dreams, and wants, and needs.
And honestly, I couldn't be happier that I am finally getting to write their story down. The even better part? This book will be done on June first. And once I have written it, it will go to my beta readers, it will be edited, revised, polished, and submitted to publishers THIS YEAR!!!!
That is the goal anyway. Goals, yes let's talk goals for a second. Why can I say with confidence that my book will be done by June 1st? Because when I give myself a deadline, I am more likely to actually finish. And rather than just set a goal and try my hardest to stick to it, I made myself accountable to others with this goal. I must keep up with my goal or thirty+ people will be on top of it, commanding I get back on it.
This group is named The 100 Project. The day I started this group with the wonderful C Michelle Jefferies was February 20th, exactly 100 days from June 1st. Do you have a goal to finish by June 1st or even before then? Join The 100 Project HERE!!
Anyway, back to the point: I am one of THOSE authors. One of the crazy authors who can write out of order. But most importantly, I am an author with a goal. And I am going to finish.