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

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