First Year

It all started one year ago today

I remember looking out my my window into the backyard and saying “It’s now or never.”

It was time to take on the challenge of writing a novel. I knew I could do it, having written a several screenplays already, but due to an irrational fear of failure, I held myself back. I was stuck and it was driving me (and my family) crazy.

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The cover of my first novel.

My professional life was going nowhere and I had to take control. Deep down, I knew that this first novel would change the way I saw my future. I thought what my life would be like if I didn’t attempt the novel. Would I be working at the same place one year later? Two years later? Would I be happy? One thing’s for sure, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t try.

I devoted my weekends, beginning at 6 am, to writing and it took eight months to get a first draft and a few more months to create the cover and apply edits. In November, I rearranged my schedule to allow for an hour’s worth of writing in the mornings, in addition to the weekends.

I now make time to write seven days a week. Over the past month, I have reduced my hours at my place of work to allow for a few more hours to write when I get home. So far it’s working. I’m certain my next novel won’t take eight months.

Getting up early in the morning continues to be a challenge, since I am a certified night owl who loves sleep. That’s not an optimal combination. Some mornings I just don’t want to get up, but I remind myself of the choice I made a year ago and how much I’ve committed to the process so far. That’s usually enough to get me going.

So now, I’m almost done. I think I’ll have my first novel online before Valentine’s Day. That’s the plan, anyway.

Then I start on novel number two, a complete departure in subject matter from my first novel. It’s going to be fun.

Cupcake photo by Justin McGregor

Since 1992, Lee has worked within the visual and dramatic arts landscape as a graphic designer, illustrator, visual effects artist, screenwriter and author.

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