Thanks to an unforeseen twist of serendipity, I have finished the final rough draft of Tears of an Angel in two days by rewriting the outline, and cutting and pasting the brilliant scenes from the second and third drafts. It's all very Frankenstein if you ask me, and I'm still 6300-ish words short on my word count goal, but I'm working on fixing that—and hey, that's what revision is for.
I think I've been a creative rut recently largely due to school stress, but also the deathly trap of believing that I can't change what I've already written—which is a completely and utterly ridiculous notion. Here's a pretty graphic courtesy of Go Teen Writers that emphasizes my new mantra:
Anyway, the point is that I'm now back on track to finishing the second book in The Belgrave Legacy. I'm very relieved this happened sooner rather than later because 1) I was beginning to fear my writing career was over before it really began 2) next year is going to be crazy with applying to colleges and 3) I don't want to make my fans wait a ridiculously long time for the second book. I'm aiming to have this done by Winter 2014, maybe even sooner if my luck holds out.
5/7/14: I have finished the final draft before I start real editing (not rewriting). I can't say how excited and relieved this makes me. I'm going to give myself a break this weekend, but will start the next stage of this super-long process on Monday.
Until then, live a good life and read both The Belgrave Daughter and Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa A. Petreshock.
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