Sailed past the 20,000 words mark on my manuscript in the past few days and I still feel the fires burning! This is so exciting for me. When I used to write screenplays, I would have these half-conceived ideas with no real substance. They were good for a scene or two or even a short film but a feature-length? Never.
I had this idea for this novel burning in the back of my head for seven years before finally sitting down and starting to make it happen. I would think about it a little here and there and try to write down some ideas but there were other things in the way of really writing. It wasn't until now that it's felt really REAL. real enough to be an actual story, a series of stories.
About 2 1/2 years ago, I tried to start a business (http://www.popknits.com) at probably the worst time ever to start a business. I love knitting and I love supporting new knitting designers so it felt like a good fit for me. I had the technical skills to make it happen, but no one wanted to spend any money on advertising or donating to the cause. A great idea, poor timing.
I've felt very adrift since I put Popknits to bed. As a stay-at-home mom who used to be gainfully employed, it was hard to just accept that I may never make money again in a job. Or create something as a job. Writing is giving me that new passion for creating that I was missing. And even if I try to get it published and fail, it'll still have all been worth it. But darn it, I'm pretty sure that I'm going to work hard at getting people to read it! I know you'll all love it.