I finished this round of edits for ‘Hating Jeremy Walters’ on Saturday. WOOHOO!
It’s been about 3 years now since I first started working on this story, 7 months since I started this round of edits. And the process of writing HJW and this blog has taught me some pretty interesting stuff.
- How to step out in faith and rely on God for something I can’t do on my own.
In late May last year, I had 3 chapters of my second draft written. I’d taken a writing break for 6 months after burning out while trying to work full-time and write.
Then I got an email that I’d finaled in a competition, which announced the winner at a September writing conference in Dallas. It was a great chance to go to a conference and talk to agents, but I knew I’d need a finished book for that.
Which meant I had about 12 weeks to write 60,000 words and a book proposal.
I had never written half that fast before. I kinda expected my head to explode from stress after week 3. But God got it done.
2. Keep God at #1, don’t make success an idol
This is something that’s always been a tug-of-war for me. But this blog has really helped, first in processing my thoughts about it, and then as a practical example.
When I first wrote this blog, I put an effort into getting the word out there about it. I had about six times more readers than I did last week.
Then I put it on a hiatus, and when I took it up again this time, I decided not to ‘market’ it. I just didn’t have the time. Therefore, my readership is much smaller.
The thing is, I’ve enjoyed the process just as much this time, if not more. And that’s really helped me to see that while I’ll enjoy the process of trying to make my book as successful as possible, I’ll have just as much fun if I sell 500 copies or 50,000. It’s no reflection on me as a person, and if it didn’t sell a lot, it just means I’d try a different strategy next time.
3. Edits are not as terrible as they first appear.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re still terrible. But they are possible.
And when I got a looooong letter from a freelance editor telling me all the things that needed to change in my book, I wasn’t sure if it was possible.
But again, trust in God and a lot of persistent effort got us there. And my book is so much better now because of it.
So, thanks for travelling with me on this journey! There’s still much further to go; Hating Jeremy Walters could need a lot more work, still. And then there’s the other three writing projects currently in a Hunger Games match for supremacy in my head. 🙂
But it feels like a victory every time I hit a milestone.
So, thanks for your support!