The challenge seemed simple enough—that is, if I was up for the challenge.
It was a simple request, yet it could be very daunting, should I quit.
This challenge required consistency from day 1 and 0 (zero) tolerance for B.S.
It was a case of either you have it or you don’t. Simple as that.
A New York Time, bestselling author, I Friended on Facebook posted this challenge: “Write a Book in 90 days.”
She cannot be serious!!!!
Is that even plausible?
While I loved the idea, I vacillated between failing and succeeding.
Quite a dichotomy, right?
“No problema for me, I’m a natural at this!” I tried to convince myself as the deadline drew near.
“I’m a writer, remember?!!!!” I reminded myself daily.
Then, a fellow writer posted this inspirational quote: “Someone out there NEEDS your book.
Here’s a list, I heard successful writers say that are absolutely Musts for writers:
The ability to write, re-write and edit.
The willingness to accept/or reject feedback.
Support from fellow writers.
To become comfortable asking questions and asking for help.
To call yourself a writer.
Do the work.
Rejection is part of the process.
Knowing that writing entails starting, stopping, picking it back up, walking away from your material and then re-read with fresh eyes.
With those things in mind, I took the plunge.
What did I have to lose?
Actually, this would be my second novel. I have a novel finished, so this could potentially be an actual win-for-me.
The first few days, was well challenging.
I had the prologue written but the first chapter was stressful.
Because every writer knows the first few lines are critical.
That means, if I didn’t grab the reader’s attention, chances were they wouldn’t continue reading.
The “magic” kicked in when I was able to fall in love with my own characters; when I enjoyed their growth and development and create “believable” situations.
I allowed myself to stop and re-start a few times and then write with abandonment.
Quite a few times, I had to tell myself, “So what if it’s not perfect, just keep writing!”
And each day, I actually hungered to finish where I left off. To my surprise, I even enjoyed introducing new characters and infusing drama, I didn’t even see coming!
To me, it’s that Writer’s rush.
I finished my second novel in 90 days!
I made a promise to myself: “This year, I want to find an editor.”
God must have answered my prayers. In December 2015. I met to my son’s new girlfriend’s Mom.
“So, what do you do?” she causally asked.
“I’m a writer and you?”
“Oh, I’m an editor for a book company. I love to read your material.”
My newest challenge? Letting her read my book.