The edits are in!

Today was the deadline for my editor to have my manuscript completed and returned to me. I just received it and cannot wait to get to work on them and finally have a FINAL draft of my book!! She said that she really enjoyed editing it and that she was a big fan of my story and the message I put out there. She also told me that I did a great job with my first novel and that it is definitely ready to publish!!

It was such a huge relief to hear that, especially from someone else who doesn’t know me. I have let only a couple of people read a chapter or two, and my best friend read the entire thing. She is the only one other than my editor to read it through completely. I have loved the feedback from both and the support and encouragement they have given me that I can do this.

Having support and encouragement along the way has been huge!! Writing is a pretty solitary task and let me tell you, self doubt is a real pain. It creeps in WAY more times in a day than I would like and is not a friend of mine. Having those people close to you reassure you that you are doing a good job, that your writing doesn’t suck as much as you may think it does, and to give you that push to finish and see it through to the end is priceless!!

Like I have said before, I wrote my first story in 4th grade and I have dreamed of reaching this point for SO many years!! I am giddy and nervous and other things I cannot even describe to be this close and having my dream soon be a reality. To be able to see my story in a physical book that I can hold in my hand will be such an amazing moment! If all goes well and according to plan, that should be happening in the next 2 months!!!

If you are out there with a dream that you want more than anything…GO FOR IT! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, that you aren’t good enough, that no one needs what you can put out there. Truth is, someone does need it and they are out there waiting for it as you read this. Don’t deny the world your talents. Make simple goals along the way, and little by little, you will get there. I have waited 23 years to get to this point and I am so close! I set little goals along the way and they have all been reached.

I am a mother of 4 young children ranging from 9 years old down to 2 years old. I don’t have a lot of extra time in a day to write, but I make sure to do something. If it is only 50 words, 100 words, it still counts towards my finished project. Consistency is the key to success. Keep plugging away at your goals and before you know it, you will reach them.

The world needs your work.

You can do it!

Shannon

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