Over a year ago, I typed the words, "The End," and it was a great feeling. For all of one day. What I should have typed, was "The End of the First Draft." Completing the first draft is still an accomplishment worth celebrating, don't get me wrong. It's just that the reality is, that the first draft is not always the last draft. Maybe someday it will be, but not today, and that's okay. This writing journey that I started three years ago has been a never-ending adventure. I'm excited about the next chapter. Book two, Out of Focus, the story of Mags and Charlie, is days away from being released, and novel 3, Tucker and Scotland's story, is already tugging at my heartstrings.
New book release, spring is around the corner, and my celebratory wine glass is full. Pinch me. To all the writers who never gave up after the first chapter, the first draft, or the first rejection letter, cheers to you and thank you. The thousands of stories I have read that brought me to where I am today as a writer are much appreciated. For the stories that I read in one day, now that I know how much work it is, I'm genuinely sorry. Let's just say it was because I loved the story.
To all those planning to read Out of Focus, enjoy the novel! Let me know your thoughts, I love book talk and feedback.
Until next time - follow your heart, never give up, be safe and say no to drugs (police officer in me).
Carol Ashe xo