I finished the first draft of my third book yesterday. It’s been pretty much four months of solid writing and I felt more relief than joy when I typed the final words. Writing takes its toll and the last few weeks have been a struggle to stay focused and keep motivated. But I got there, somehow, and ahead of schedule as my target was to complete the draft by the end of the year.
I’ll be walking away from the project now for a few weeks as I need to recharge my creative batteries. I feel the characters need a break from me as much as I get a break from them. I’m hoping that when I revisit the manuscript I’ll be pleasantly surprised as opposed to peeking through my fingers in horror. A long road of editing now lies ahead before the book will hopefully see the light of day, some time in 2021.
I’m mulling over a few other projects as the ‘Kirkwood Scott Chronicles’ rumbles on. I can’t see it continuing beyond a fourth instalment and that’s certainly what I’m aiming for. I also have some additional reading ahead as I research for some historical sections of the book. I want these chapters to be as accurate as possible so they often take more time to write than the ‘modern-day’ parts. It’s a slow but ultimately worthwhile process.
If you’re in the middle of a daunting project at the minute I hope you can see it through to the end. I know there are a lot of fellow writers out there but it can be anything really. It’s been a tough year for everyone and fatigue is setting in everywhere I look. I saw the image of the apple tree and it inspired this post at a time when I was struggling for ideas. I hope you find the motivation you need today to keep walking your road.