My First Draft is DONE! I am so HAPPY!

I am so proud of myself! It is not the best way to start a blog post, but I just have to emphasize that. People who have known me for a long time know that I have been talking about writing a book for DECADES! If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will also know that I have blogged about it many times! From looking to a book cover designer to the hardships of actually sitting down and putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, in my case) AND about receiving my first rejection letter from Harlequin.

In all seriousness… I have no idea what made me think I could write for Harlequin. First of all, I hate the cheesy books. They are so corny that they should be ILLEGAL! And I am not that type of person. I do not believe in that type of stupid love anymore, so it will be difficult for me to write it. As a writer, I now know that I have to stand behind and believe what I write, or else the readers will catch on quickly.

It took me 17 years to get here, but here I am!!! I FINALLY finished my first draft!

I made book covers on Canva, the free version. For now, I still do not know if I want to get the professional version… but it does seem to have its pros. Most of the awesome covers are part of the pro version, so I will think about it. But back to my book: The two covers were made using Canva, then I sent them to a print shop to be printed in book form. Why in book form? It is because I wanted to hold the book in my hands. I knew it would be a great motivator for me to feel it between my fingertips… “Here is something I made, something that I created. It is all mine.” And you know what? It felt great!

I never thought I would finish it… and I did!

Do you know that I never imagined this day would come? It was in December, I think close to the last day of 2019, and I was like… “You need to write that memoir. Do it now.” And guess what? I finished a-155-page-memoir in less than 7 days.

It was necessary for me to do that, to print it out. Now I know what it feels like to hold my own book between my fingers… and it feels amazing!

I sent my first draft to a few people, some are friends, some I do not know at all…

Most of my friends have not read it. Yes, I know my friends and I knew they probably would not read it, but I had hope that they would. Now I know I should always listen to and trust my intuition. It did disappoint me that they all said to be super proud of me for finishing it, but none of them took the time to read it. Some read a few chapters, others absolutely nothing. *Shrug* I told them I am never sending them an ARC again.

I am not angry at all. There is a difference between anger and disappointment.

But now I know not to send them anything because I already know they will not read it. I need serious beta readers who will give me feedback I can use. My friends can buy it when it is published.

What is the next step? I will revise it, I am waiting for my new desk to arrive. It arrives tomorrowwww! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. My bedroom needed a makeover. For about twenty years (and counting), I have had the same bed, bookcases, closet… it was time for a change.

This new desk is custom made for me, I designed it exactly how I want it. So… I cannot wait!!!

On to the second, third, and then FINAL drafts!

xoxo

Tiara Ray

I am grateful & blessed to have the life I live. (Soon to be) Traditionally published & self-published author in her mid-thirties. I unsuccessfully tried changing this picture numerous times, so I just left it. I wish you lots of love & may you get what you need. <3

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