Celebrating My First Finished Story In Stressful Times
Before I get to the topic of this post, I just wanted to say a couple of words about what’s going on right now with the unknowns and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. I know that it is a stressful time and that the experience is varying for everyone. I can only talk from my point of view in my community and my stage of life.
My family and I are healthy, and making the best of our social distancing. All I know is that I can control only what is in front of me. I am doing my best to stay home and stay away from others to help contain the spread of the virus. I may be called on to help a family member who is living with another family member with a compromised immune system, so I have to think more about my interactions to ensure that I’m healthy enough if I need to help out.
To that end I have been writing a lot. I’ve been using this time to really buckle down and not waste the time that has been given to me. I was talking with a friend the other day about her business and she said that she was getting so distracted from the news that she wasn’t doing anything to grow her business while she had some downtime.
She knew that there were processes that she could be creating or tasks that had been put on the back burner that could be done during this time, but she had a hard time motivating herself to get that done with the uncertainty lurking in the background. I thought about that and realized that I was doing a similar thing with my writing. Although I couldn’t do anything about what was going on in the broader sense, I was still allowing it to stop me from moving forward. To stop myself from constantly checking news online, I’m using a website blocker so I can’t access sites between 9:00am and 3:30pm.
The results have been amazing for me. I finally finished a short story that I had been working on for months. I just decided that it needed to be done I was going to finish it. I sent it to the editor a few weeks ago and I got the edits back today. I was nervous, of course, because I’d never shared my writing with anyone before little in a professional editor. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my editor Georgette Taylor of Taylor Your Writing for her insight, her feedback, and the attention to detail.
I was happy and surprised that there were not as many changes as I was expecting. And, it gave me the motivation to keep going with my other stories. I’m so excited to work with her that I’ve already asked her to be my editor for all of my future stories in this series. I already have 21,000 words for one story and 6,000 words completed on another story in the series, so I think I will have plenty of work for her to do in the near future.
In the meantime, stay safe out there, be kind to each other, and if you’re writing, keep writing. If you’re just a reader, keep supporting writers by borrowing their books from the library (in ebook form of course), or getting a Kindle unlimited subscription and reading as many books as you can to support your favorite author.