It is difficult to believe, but it has been more than a year since I last posted an update. At that time, I was taking a break from blogging, as I had written about all the topics I wanted to cover, and I was going to begin the process of again rewriting my novel Angel of Mercy.
At the time, I believed I would be finished by the end of 2016, but at this rate it’ll take me 100 years to finish.
Let me explain:
Although I didn’t want to admit it in July 2016, my confidence in my writing had been severely shaken. A beta reader had offered to read Angel of Mercy. I sent her the manuscript expecting to hear the same level of critique I had gotten from an editor at a small publishing house. The editor’s critique was supportive and helpful, but I wanted a second opinion. Perhaps there were things a reader would notice that an editor wouldn’t and vise versa.
I won’t go into detail as to the beta reader opinion. Let me simply say that she must never had heard of constructive criticism. She completely ripped the novel apart, refused to read past the third chapter and had no words of encouragement. I was ready for negative comments on social media or in Amazon reviews, but I was not prepared for this level of nastiness from someone who was supposed to be helping me.
I was devastated and stopped writing for several months and not just Angel of Mercy. The second novel in the series is a finished rough draft, but I haven’t looked at it in more than a year, and the third novel, which I had been writing at a fast pace, is still an uncompleted rough draft.
Slowly, I came to the realization that I could not let naysayers win. I love my characters, and I must bring them to life. So earlier this year, I began the next draft of Angel of Mercy. This draft I am completing for the sheer joy of writing. I have no idea if I’ve improved it or hampered its progress, but I’m moving forward, although very slowly. I’ve even picked up a pen and returned to the third novel, although I’m still in chapter six, the same place I left off last year.
New Clients Keep Me Busy
Meanwhile, in May, I took on two new clients who are keeping me quite busy.
I’m also contributing articles to Storia, and they are the most interesting articles I have written for a client in years. Most are argumentative writing, taking a stand on an issue and defending it.
Later this year, I plan to write some articles on topics I enjoy, such as history, and querying magazines.
Active on Social Media
Twitter is great for a number of reasons. I find it easier to find and interact with like-minded people, and it’s the only social network where I have received feedback on posts. I also love the fact I can categorize profiles whether I follow them or not. For example, I have a history list, a World War One list and one for current events.
Twitter also is where I found recent reoccurring guest blogger Thomas Richardson. I appreciate his recent contributions.
If you’re on Twitter, I welcome you to follow and interact with me, and I promise it won’t take me another year before I post an update.
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