Anyone Else Feel This Way?

No matter how many times I send them to Dustin, Dawn, Taylor, or Robin. No matter if it’s a first or final draft. I always think my latest draft is perfect. This draft is a best seller. I justify my overactive pride with the fact I’ve been writing for a hobby since 2006. My skills have improved immensely. I’ve finally figured out this writing thing. Then a friend returns the draft with more red text than black.

I crash back to earth a few days later. I read their comments first. Try to take in everything without getting upset. Some feedback is in areas I knew needed to be fixed. Most are changes I never noticed. Ones that totally enhance the story. Or edits which keep me from writing like one of my third graders.

What I’m trying to say is thank you to my friends who edit my drafts. Without you, VERVE STONES, NINTH NIGHT, UNDER, and BACK OF BEYOND would never exist!

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Why I wrote NINTH NIGHT

While this is a departure from what I typically write, the reason is my wife, Ingrid. I wanted to create a story she would enjoy: a love story for my love. I hope you enjoy it too!

VERVE STONE Flashback

Fun to remember this comment left on my blog almost two years ago!!! This comment alone has allowed me to stay motivated on finishing THE LEGEND OF SPOON, BOOK 2: BACK OF BEYOND! From Brady on May 30, 2015.

I love this book so much and couldn’t stop reading. My parents had to hide my kindle in order to make me stop reading. Whens the second book coming?
I’m currently finished with my BACK OF BEYOND first draft and am having my friend Robin nearing the end of reading it through. I still need to have two or three more friends edit it, but getting the draft done was a big step forward.

UNDER

Dustin has already edited half of UNDER and as usual his feedback and comments have allowed me to make this book even better! This was the second story I wrote after VERVE STONE way back in 2009. To see the light at the end of a long tunnel is very exciting, but to get there I do have to format the book for ebook and print-on-demand, which is my least favorite part of self-publishing by far. At least I already have an amazing cover and map from Jake at www.jcalebdesign.com!!!