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An amateur writer from Brisbane, Australia. My dreams vastly outweigh my motivation, but I'm slowly working my way through my first novel.

January is almost over now, so it seems like a good time to reflect back on how the first 30 days of 2012 have gone.  That, and the fact that I hit a major milestone last night.

One of the biggest problems I faced when working on Broken Wings was not knowing where I was up to.  Every time I shelved the project & came back for another round I would start at the beginning again.  The result was that the opening chapters have been tweaked within a mere inch of their lives, while later chapters languish in drafting hell, never to see the editor's pen.  I needed to come up with a way to tell myself "no, leave this alone, work on something else".

Last year I came up with the idea of locking chapters.  While it had no effect on the novel itself, it was a visual reminder that, no matter how much I wanted to, those chapters were off limits for the time being.  As I progress - learning, creating, remembering more about the world in which my novel is set - I come across information that I want to change back in Chapters 1 or 2.  But these chapters are locked, all I can do is make a note for myself and carry on.

Last night I "locked" chapter 14 of 28.  That officially puts me halfway through.  Now, I know that when I reach the other end I'm going to "unlock" chapter 1 and start the process over, but the fact that "halfway" is somewhat... misguided is not the point.

This is the first time I've been able to (and I can't emphasise this strongly enough) SEE the progress I've been making.  And I can tell you this: it feels great.  Knowing I can progress means knowing I can keep going.  My efforts aren't futile.

Maybe in a month from now I'll be coming back and saying that I've completed my first rewrite.  Maybe in two months.  Either way, it's a day that's coming & a day I can track my progress towards.
  • Listening to: Sad songs cause I've been sad
  • Reading: I finished L.A. Confidential
  • Playing: Castleville on Facebook
  • Drinking: Less alcohol after a recent mishap

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Henly-Hill Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bear-Crafter Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Thanks for watching my works =3
theGhostWolfe Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Your work is amazing! Thank you for sharing it.
Bear-Crafter Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
I'll do my best ^ ^'
Eric-Merced Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav :)
ericmerced Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Thanks for the watch :)
rafael2912 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hey, thanks for the watch ^^
EmmaSloane Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Would love to read Chapter One, even if it isn't perfect...
FoxKelfonne Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hallo, from another improbable contestant!
Eric-Merced Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: :)
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