Throughout most of my rough draft, discouragement was my biggest obstacle. And I thought, having completed a novel already, I wouldn't have the same discouraging thoughts bombarding me during my second book. Well, I was wrong.
Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, CA
One angle of the most iconic view in the desert city.
Spring Cleaning My Life
For the past two weeks I've been in a cleaning frenzy.
When I was growing up, Crayola had a contest to name crayons. My favorite was "Purple Mountains Majesty." These mountains aren't purple, but they are breathtaking-ly majestic.
Round 1: Rejected
Last week, the first publisher I submitted to rejected my novel.
I could sit in this garden every day and always find new inspiration.
Writing the End… First
The problem I faced as I started in chapter one was I didn't have a solid plan for the first fifth of my book... As I wrote it, it felt boring. So, I switched it up and decided to write the end first.
I bought a bottle of champagne part-way through writing the first draft of my book last year. So far, I've finished my first draft, I've finished three very serious edits, I've finished and sent it off to peers to read, and I've finished editing again. Have I opened that bottle of champagne?
Alnwick Castle, England, United Kingdom
Filming location for Harry Potter. A beautiful piece of history still alive today.
Weasley’s Kitchen, Warner Bros Tour, London, UK
Touring some of the sets from Harry Potter inspired my soul. Seeing the behind-the-scenes didn't wreck the movies for me, only made me appreciate the magic more!