Weekly Update #8

If anyone has been paying attention to these updates, then it is painfully clear that I haven’t been keeping up with status reports. I wish I could say it’s because I’ve been so busy working on the book that I haven’t had time for weekly updates in over a month. Sadly, that’s not true. I have been busy working on various projects, but when it comes to No Man’s Land, I had fallen into a trap of procrastination and the ugly habit of lying to myself by saying I had writer’s block. The truth is that I didn’t have writer’s block, I just needed a handy excuse to not do what I needed to do (and to be perfectly honest, what I really want to do). I realized that I had fallen into the trap of writing chapter after chapter of the new book, without giving much thought to where the story needed to go, or what was missing. This had reached a breaking point for me, and I simply shut down, convinced I didn’t know what I was doing, where the story was going, or how to wrap it up. The truth is that I was scared (but that’s a post for another time). Here is what you need to know…Last night I read what I have written so far. I didn’t change anything, as I don’t do any editing cannot be done until after the first draft is completed. But I did make some notes along the way, including a list of what was working and what wasn’t working, along with suggested changes for when I start working on the second draft. Then I made a list of what I knew was missing from the story—key plot elements and character moments from the original story outline that are crucial to the story, but still aren’t there yet. Most important, as I read the draft as it exists so far, I came to realize that I’m much closer to finishing than I realized. I’m back on track now, and hard at work on what needs to be done. And no more updates until I’m done with the first draft. Thanks for your understanding and support.

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