When I started writing I felt lost.
I didn’t know how to do this thing.
For years I wrote like my favorite authors. I thought if they can do it by the seat of their pants, why can’t I?
What I really learned is that you have to be honest with yourself about the craft.
Are you getting rejections because of how you write?
I hadn’t thought about this until after I wrote nine books.
I believed that my writing as it was should be good enough to get published. That wasn’t the case.
The truth is, the story meandered through each chapter never finding a true foothold(even after subsequent drafts).
It was only after I thought of quitting that I started to really think about outlining.
When you’re at the bottom and you feel lost, you have to try something different.
I was fearful of outlining because I’d tried it before. It was when I was new to having the time to write and I wanted to get it on the page as fast as possible.
I only wanted to see words on the page.
It hurt to have to take a step back and reevaluate what I wrote, how I wrote, and why I wrote.
All of this was difficult and hard on my ego but I want to be published more than anything.
When you want something bad enough and what you’re doing isn’t working you have to fix it.
I fixed it!
The hardest things are always the most difficult, but also the most rewarding in the end.