I didn’t realize it’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post until I looked at the last date a minute ago. My, how time flies. These past few weeks, I’ve been making some changes in the novel I wrote last November while taking part in National Novel Writing Month. The final title will most likely be, “The Sailor’s Legacy.” I finished the story in mid-December. This was a new experience to me to actually “meet,” and “get to know,” characters in the book. It has been an amazing experience; one I thought I would never have. Writing a novel is one of those things that I have always thought too complicated or monumental for me to actually do. I have to say that I was inspired by my daughter to enter NaNoWriMo 2013, as it is affectionately known. She entered the year before, and also entered other events in the spring and summer of 2013, and shared her experiences with me along the way. Thankfully, I also had my husband, son, parents, and a host of other family and friends supporting me and rooting me on. Thank you all, so much!
To catch you up, right now, I have made some changes in some of the locations, and added details to some scenes to help the flow of the story. When we were talking about it one day, my mama asked me if there is enough material for a sequel! I wasn’t sure at first, but it didn’t take but a minute or so to realize that, yes, there is plenty for one or two sequels. So I have that in the back of my mind, and I write notes to myself as ideas present themselves to me. There are at least a couple of common threads that can be very easily woven through the sequels.
As I’ve been making these manuscript changes, one of the changes in my life that I’m working hard on is getting back on a better schedule. I have to be flexible, but I can put the main things I need to focus on into a daily “loose” schedule and work better for me. I have learned the value of planning a “loose” schedule at different times in my life, and I’ll share more about how and why I do that sometimes in my next post. Until then, I hope all of you are well, and stay that way.
Have a very blessed weekend.