For those who have been following along with the continuing saga of the writing of my African Adventure, know that I am still at it. A prologue has been re-added to my African tale (I had one, took it out, then completely reworked it and put it back in), but this time with more details of life before I left Canada. As of last night, my word count sits at 70,646 words and 283 pages. It just keeps growing!
Can I share something with you though? It feels like I might never finish this. I have been writing and editing the story for longer than I was away and it just keeps getting longer. I keep going back to the beginning again and editing from square one. Over and over again! Argh!!
Let me share a secret with you. Every time I dive back in again, the story feels better than the last. The scenes keep fleshing out and growing bigger in scope and nuance. The writing is definitely getting stronger. If I can keep my focus and drive intact, I just might have a pretty decent book once I get to the end of it. Note, I say “once”, not “if”. That helps to keep my momentum going too.
One thing I am sure of is that my memoir will continue to get longer before it’s done. And that only improves the story as a whole.
Thank you to my trusted friends for your advice and insight at this stage. You keep me going (I know you know who you are), and I couldn’t do this without you. If anyone else is interested in beta-reading a section of the tale let me know and I will gladly take your two cents worth too!
And how should you keep that forward momentum going with your book? Get beta-readers, edit, and keep going no matter what. With a little perseverance, you can finish your story too!