February 16, 2017 1 Comment
Six years ago feels like an eternity into my past.
What a wild ride.
I was a Canadian who had just moved to Australia, slowly going stir crazy and watching what little savings I had evaporate before my very eyes. I was struggling to find purpose, let alone a job, and for some crazy reason, I decided to fire up my extremely terrible laptop and write. I pulled up the second-hand coffee table, to the second-hand lounge and typed up my first post on my three hundred dollar laptop.
I could tell you not much has changed, but that would be an absolute lie.
- I not only landed a job at Kmart, but then got promoted.
- I switched jobs to JB HI FI, and then got promoted there.
- I wrote the first (extremely rough) draft of a one hundred thousand word novel.
- We moved from renting, to owning and this year we begin building our home.
- I wrote two hundred and fifty eight posts (not including this one) for the blog.
- Pop vinyl collecting went from casual collecting to hoarder. Alas, I am not ashamed.
- I began a second blog about building a home.
- We got two dogs, a miniature dachshund, and cavalier king charles spaniel.
- I’ve been to (in no particular order) Japan, Italy, Croatia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
So much more to come with the actual building of the house this year, a final trip to New Zealand before we’re broke homeowners and that’s just the stuff I know about!
Where does that leave my writing?
Left for dead sadly. This year has not been a productive year for my novel. Each time I go back to look at it, I change it. I understand this is a good thing, however, it is also disheartening.
I mean honestly, when is it done? When will it be good enough to publish? I’ve paid for worse books, but does that justify my own novel not being at the level of the writers I adore? It’s really hard when the path ahead is so vague. I’ve watched a dozen Ted Talks and read a few books on writing a novel, but I suppose deep down I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to this point.
So in closing, after all four hundred words here, I have a question.
Does anyone have any good recommendations on editing your novel? Youtube Video, Ted Talk, book, ritual, sacrifice or even a new god to worship… I’ll take any and all suggestions!
Also, sorry for being super slack on the blog, as you can see above it’s been a hell of a time!