This saying really captures how I'm feeling right now, because I have definitely been paying the price to get this book done. As a mom of two little girls, I don't have much time to sit down and edit. This means that my evenings, after the girls go to bed, are spent locked to my couch with my trusty lap top and the paper edit spread out next me.
I relish my alone time. It is a little piece of heaven to sit in a silent house and not have a two year old pulling my arm and dragging me all over my apartment. The hours following bedtime are my favorite time of the day, without question.
This past week I have sacrificed this special solidarity to my WIP. Every free moment I have had has been spent with TRANSFORMATION. I have longed to curl up with a good book or to watch a great movie, but I haven't allowed myself those pleasures. It's been all about my book.
And it's paid off.
In one week I have finished eleven of twenty-three chapters. (It was originally twenty-two, but I added a chapter during this round of editing.) This is my second to last round of editing, the one that requires the most attention. I'm attempting to make my WIP shine and it is time consuming. I'm lucky if I can get one chapter done in under an hour.
It has been difficult, and every evening I have to force myself to grab my paper edit and set it on my lap. But within minutes I am pulled into the world I have created. It feels like all I do is blink and it's midnight and I have to force myself to finish up and go to bed.
This has been an amazing journey. The difference between my first draft and my current draft is almost comical. I have to wonder if people would even think they were the same book. (Okay, that might be stretching it a bit, but it is pretty drastic.)
If I can keep up with this pace, I will definitely make my goal of finishing by June 30th. Even if I can't keep it up, all I need to do is one chapter a day and I should still be able to meet my goal. That is if I can get all the formatting, back cover synopsis, and the layout done in a few weeks as well. I can't think about that...one thing at a time Kimmel.
The point is, it's worth it to me. I long to hold the finished product in my hands, to feel that sense of accomplishment that is reserved for only published authors. I want to join the club.
So now I have to ask, what price are you willing to pay to have your dreams come true?