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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Crazy Writing Adventure


I am very pleased and excited to say that I have finished my first draft of "The Way of Impressions"!  There's just something about writing that last line of the last page.  :-)  A feeling of accomplishment.  Excitement.  Relief!  LOL!  (I had to add that in there.)


Photo by Wendy Hollands

Last July, I took a risk.  I needed to make friends in the blogging world and build platform.  I wasn't comfortable with starting a "regular" blog at the time, so I did what no sane writer would do.  I decided on a time period, created character sketches, outlined a plot, and then began to blog a story as I wrote it, commiting to posting a chapter a week. 

First draft ramblings, right there.  For all the world to see.  Insanity, considering that first impressions are everything when it comes to building a readership.  (No pun intended on my story's title :-)

But God was with me, and blessed my creativity.  When I got stuck in the "writer's block" sludge, He pulled me out of it.  He helped me keep my commitment to write a chapter a week, and blessed me with some awesome friends and returning readers. 

Thank You, Lord, for blessing my efforts and helping me succeed! 

Thank you, my friends, for your amazing support and encouragement throughout this crazy writing adventure!

I'm about to get into full-blown edit mode, so I won't be working on a new manuscript for awhile.  For those who are sad that TWOI has ended, I will continue to post samples of my work on Saturdays for your reading entertainment. :-)  They will probably come from "For The Sake of One Lost", but watch -- if I'm feeling especially creative one day, I may play with scenes for the sequel to TWOI...

17 comments:

Michelle Griep said...

You are one brave little girl, Gwen! I'm so glad you challenged yourself in this way...otherwise I might never have met you out here in the blogosphere. A palm-stinging high-five to you!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Michelle! I'm thankful to have met you too! Yes, my crazy novel draft opened a door in my heart to the world of blogging, and I don't think I'll ever go back :-)

Heidi Leanne said...

I do admire your bravery. Wow! I know that I couldn't do it myself, so it makes me even more impressed. Congrats on finishing the manuscript. What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment that must bring! Can't wait to be able to say the same thing myself :)

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Heidi! I can't wait to celebrate the completion of your manuscript with you! Keep on keeping on. :-) My first manuscript took me years to write (but it was also big enough to be two books), and this manuscript only took 7 months! I guess its true -- the more you write, the faster and better you get :-)

Shannon Milholland said...

I love your heart and commitment. Thankful that you're willing to let God work in and through you. So many lives will be blessed as a result!

Susan said...

YEAH! You wrote The END!!! Congrats. And now the fun really begins. Get out those scissors and hilighters:) But first take a bow, you did it!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Shannon! I hope so! I don't write for any other reason. :-)


Thanks Susan! Yes, the fun begins. My fingers are itching for those scissors...it will be hard to let it rest for a few weeks before I dig in. :-)

Loree Huebner said...

Congrats, Gwen!

You did a fine job!

I'm so happy for you!

Brandi said...

Congratulations on finishing your book and getting to the edits, Gwen! That's a huge accomplishment.

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Loree! You been there with me practically every step of the way, and I appreciate you! I can't wait to read your book too!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Brandi! It still feels unreal. I'm so excited! And yet there's so much work to be done. Seriously, the first manuscript I wrote -- I rewrote it three times before I was happy with it.

Karin Kaufman said...

Congratulations, Gwen! What an amazing achievement. Celebrate!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Karin! Yes, I think a celebration is in order. :-) A celebration of chocolate...

Ms POSH said...

I think we've all had to deal with the block.
Stopping by from the Friday Hops to say hello. Have a great weekend!
POSH

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Hi Ms Posh! Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Keli Gwyn said...

Congratulations on reaching The End, Gwen! That's quite an accomplishment, one that deserves a celebration. I hope one has taken place.

Wow! I'm so impressed that you shared your first story with your blog readers. When I finished mine, I thought I was being brave to let six dear friends read it. :-)

I wish you well as you enter the editing stage. I find it to be a rewarding one. That's when we writers get to watch our stories get better before our eyes.

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Keli! I celebrated my accomplishment with chocolate. Hey, the chocolate comes out for any and every reason I can come up with...

I agree with you about editing. When I write a first draft, I look at it and say, "meh." But after I edit and rewrite it a few times, I look at it and get excited. :-)

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