First Draft

Staring at a blank computer screen and wondering which words will to use to start the story has, so far, been the most daunting part of this journey.  Many ideas swirl in my mind, but how to get started stumps me! I want to draw the reader into the story and also be authentic. I’m writing a quiet book, but it is also about an evening playing and exploring at the Lake Superior. I want an active opening.

Knowing I have a deadline prompts me to stay in my chair and just type.  From previous experience, I know that having something to react to and revise is better than having nothing at all, so I focus on merely starting.  Over the next two weeks, I work on the manuscript every day—mornings and evenings after my day job and on and off throughout the weekend. I continually write and revise. Sending the draft off to be edited feels both freeing and painful.  Will the story make sense?  Is it too long?

My second meeting with my coach is at the end of week two, and most of the discussion centers around the business of self-publishing.  We discuss the pros and cons of setting up an L.L.C. We discuss the process of publishing on Amazon and the importance of reviews. The book should include a website for readers ‘to learn more’ about me. At this point, such a site does not exist!  

My tasks now focus on establishing and building the website, along with other administrative functions that are necessary for publication.  Marcy, who, in addition to coaching me, is editing the book promises to be in touch with suggestions over the next few days.

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