Green

June 9th 2017

Today I got the green pen out again to continue editing my book. A few weeks ago I realised that there’s a typo on the third line of my novel, and I freaked out and started scribbling all over the only paperback copy that I own. I got the pen out and started scribbling all over it again today.

I’m trying to be more productive with my evenings, and I want to be finally finished with this book. After the next round of edits, I’m going to be done with it. I started it 5 years ago, and I’d like to be finished with it. One more round of edits and I’ll upload it to Blurb and Amazon for proper publication.

I sent it off to a few agents a couple years ago, and since then I’ve been waiting for someone to come along, hand me a book deal and change my life, but that’s not going to happen if I don’t work up the courage to make it available to the world. And being completely done with it might give me the closure to work on something else.

I’ve been writing this blog every day for two and a half years now, and I feel like this is a post that I have written quite a lot. I frequently get random patches of motivation to finish the book, but I’ve never experienced motivation quite like I had when I first wrote it – start to finish, 60,000 words in 30 days, during my second year at University.

In the last year or so I’ve been struggling with my evening productivity. My paid, working life means I’m out of the house from 7am until 6pm – almost a 12 hour day – and I’ve not had the energy to then go up my office and get back to work in the evenings.

I’d like to start doing that again, but I’m acutely aware of the number of times that I’ve promised that to myself, and to this blog over the years. In fact, the only thing I’ve ever really stuck with is this blog.

So the green pen is out once more. I’m told that school teachers now have to do all of their marking in green pen because red is too aggressive, and it has bad connotations. I scribbled over three chapters tonight. The scribbles are getting more and more frequent as I become increasingly hard on myself, but that’s not a bad thing. It just means that the finished thing will be better. I hope.

Until tomorrow, one more round of edits.

Jacn

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