May 5th, 2016 – First draft complete.
I started this book back in October of 2014! It has taken me me one year, seven months, and 106,342 words to get it all done. I think I’m still in shock that I’ve actually completed it. Writing this story has been quite the journey and there were times I wondered if I’d ever finish it.
But I did. I fucking finished it!
“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison.
This was the quote that inspired me to write this particular story.
For years, I’d avoided writing in the fantasy genre – despite it being my favourite genre to read. Fear that I wouldn’t do the genre justice kept me from it. Instead I tried writing a crime book, a romance, and a sci-fi story. None of which stuck.
I loved writing, I just didn’t love what I was writing. Then one day, while looking up quotes I stumbled upon the above gem.
Two weeks later, I’d started outlining ‘Flame in the Wind’ book one in my fantasy series.
Finishing a first draft is simply the initial step. The ladder to publication is very tall and filled with many rungs. With excitement and anticipation, I’m looking forward to the climb.