One of the many things I’m learning as I go through this process for the first time is that I need to learn to let go and be open to change.
Writing a first draft is only a beginning, not an end. It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time through, like I’d always imagined.
Will the story I’ve written hit all the right notes with someone who doesn’t know me and understand me on a personal level? I’m excited to find out.
Ten years ago, I didn’t feel the story had more to tell, but by beginning to work with it again—after having a decade away from it—I’ve been proven wrong.
As I took a look at the first draft of my novel after it sat in a drawer untouched for ten years, its weaknesses stood out to me.