Let the editing begin!

Many of you know I’ve been working on a novel since the beginning of the year, and in five short months, I have completed the rough first draft. I did a happy dance and then dug into the edits. Boy, I sure have grown in five months, so have my characters, and in this editing process, I’m realizing I’m not nearly as “done” as I thought.

Here are a few things I’ve learned from writing:

1.) Creating a world of words is no substitute for real life. While it is amazing to relax and let my creative mind take over, and craft a story from deep within me, this is no comparison to taking life in full stride. Playing with my kids, homeschooling them, baking, going places, seeing people, maintaining relationships – is all richer than fiction.

2.) Taking time to let myself work on the book, and to live in that world for a while, gives me a new perspective on real life. I decompress, and often times allow the emotions I’m feeling in real life to guide how I write about certain scenes in my novel. The stuff from real life is the fuel the lights my writing-fire – and if I don’t burn off the fuel often enough, the backlog is mind numbing. I have to write. Often.

3.) My kids are supremely interested in the things I’m interested in. Sure, they have stuff they like that I never mentioned to them. Yet, they have both “caught” me writing, and now they both want to write books, and my oldest even wanted to start a blog. Sharing my world of fiction with them makes me evaluate my writing a little differently. Even though this is fiction, I ask myself regularly what values I’m portraying, what life skills I include, what could someone learn from my writing? And what would I not want my kids to ever know I wrote?

4.) People are interested in what I’m writing. You are reading my blog, asking about my book, and encouraging me. I often cry when someone expresses interest in, or pride, or fascination, or a number of other sentiments regarding my writing. Thank you.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU – for your kindness, your interest, you have given me motivation, inspiration, and even a touch of fear – the great “what if” – What if you don’t like it?

But I counter that with, what if you do?

About Regina Walker

I am a Jesus-girl, wife, mom, writer, sister, daughter, baker, cook, maid, teacher, business partner, farmer, and more. I am busy raising kids, and praying daily for them to be servants of Christ. I am the blessed wife of a very hard working man, together we own and operate our own business. We live on a small farm where we are learning more about sustainable living. We do our best to enjoy life, help others, and use the talents God gave us for His glory. Our goal is to teach our kids to do the same. I welcome all emails - you can reach me at reginawalker86@gmail.com - feel free to email me anytime, just be patient in waiting for my response!
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