With only a few days left before our first book is self-published, I have to stop and reflect on the process, up to this point. The idea of writing is itself, a major undertaking. Throughout the project, I have equated it to mountain climbing, because you do have to train hard. There are many long arduous hours involved, and all before you take the first step.
There are no guarantees when the journey will be completed, but there are many lessons learned along the way. Every cliche imaginable would be accurate when it comes to writing a novel.
"When you feel like quitting, remember why you started."
"Don't quit, the beginning is the hardest."
"Dreams don't work unless you do."
"How badly you want something, dictates how hard you'll work at it."
"Practice until you're the best then practice to stay the best."
"Failure has been correctly identified as the line of least persistence."
"Part time commitment equals part time result."
Even after the novel was completed, it was re-read several times, just because. By the time we finished reading the novel for the umpteenth time, something could always be added, another sentence could be embellished, eliminated, or corrected. The process never ends, absolute perfection is impossible, however the pride of knowing that this part of the journey is behind us.
What is the next part of the journey? Bringing a novel to market, and everything that it takes to move through the unknown maze. It continues.