I finally finished my first draft. I was so close and I was up until the wee hours of the morning writing, writing, writing because I could just taste the ending. I was so excited and I couldn't have fallen asleep even if I wanted to!
When it was done, I even typed the words "THE END" just for the symbolism and to experience typing them. You see, I've always dreamed about writing a book. Since I can remember I have been a book lover. I got the book bug early in my youth and that love only continued to develop as did my taste in books, over time. I would always have a book on my person somewhere. I still do even now. It may not always be a paperback but you will definitely find one I'm in the middle of on my phone or iPad. I can't get enough.
When I was about nine I entered a book writing contest in school. It was about a girl with a pet unicorn and she was so sad when she had to return the unicorn to the wild and say good-bye. I was one of the finalists for my school and I went to the state capital for the state competition. I didn't win there, but still remember the excitement at going to the event with my mom and seeing my book proudly displayed with people walking by and looking at it. I treasured my little book for years. That is until my brother or sister, not sure which one was the culprit, got hold of it and made it their own little coloring book. Brats! (Love you two hooligans!)
I had more "great ideas" come to me than I can count over the years. I started and stopped more stories than I care to admit sure that each time it was finally "the one." But then out of nowhere, I had an idea that just wouldn't let me go. I tried to ignore it, forget about it, kept remembering those other failed attempts and just blew it off. The great thing is... it wouldn't let me. That idea of mine was persistent, never letting up, never letting me forget and instead kept developing into more in my mind until I had no choice but to start writing it down. It took on a life of its own.
As a great friend told me, I took what started as just an idea and had the power to create a story out of that idea on paper and made it work. That's an awesome feeling. The funny thing is when I finished, when I wrote those two little words, I was SO EXCITED! The problem? It was well after three o'clock in the morning and there was no one around to tell! I didn't let that keep me from fist pumping and doing a happy dance though. I even woke my husband to share the news and bless him, he was as excited as he could be at that hour!
I have no idea if people will love my little story. I hope they do, of course I hope they do, but more importantly, I do. I am SO in love with my story and my characters but the best part? I followed my dream and accomplished something I've always wanted to try and so because of that, no matter what, I'm a winner. And you want to know something? It is a feeling like no other!
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