I finished the draft a bit later in the year than I had hoped for even though I did finish it in less days than I thought. And you might say, well that just doesn't make sense...
The plan was to write it in 60 days and I did it in 54, but that's just counting the days I actually wrote. Some days I didn't write anything, which is why it took me a bit longer. This said, it's quite encouraging. If I work a bit harder next time I could have things done in the times I want.
But the editing is the hard part and I don't necessarily have that much time either.
But the work itself or even the time constraint are not the hardest part. The hardest part is the self-doubt. As I re-read my stuff, I can't help but think it's awful. Every bad review I've ever had in my life comes to mind and it's really hard no to tell myself I might as well not write if it's to write this stuff! Self-doubt is the bane of the creative process and we all have it. That's why a lot of people don't even try to achieve this sort of dreams.
So my biggest battle right now is to fight the voices in my head and the voices of the people who didn't like my work, and concentrate on the words of those readers who did enjoy it. To all of you who did like the Southwater Stories series, thank you!
If any of you didn't... I'm working hard to be better :)
And just to disprove that point, find a short extract from my next novel below. It's in first draft form, so don't judge me too harshly, please ^_^.
I have come to a working title, though. Desire and Ambition. I do hate it, but at least is a title. I'm confident I'll find a better one :S.
See the end of the e-mail for the publication date!