Five days ago I confessed to my honey that I hated my current work in progress. That’s right, I was sick of Mia and Eli’s story. I suppose it makes sense, I’ve been working on the sucker for two years. Wow, two years, just writing that sentence makes me wince. I was supposed to be done writing it the summer of 2015, and then the summer of 2016. I’d since moved my deadline to December 2016. The story just dragged on and on. And now that I’m in the editing and rewriting phase, I see all of the flaws. Passages need to be written, many re-written, lack luster sentences, worse yet, lack luster sex scenes. And the plot, don’t get me started on the plot. I really just wanted to chuck it and start on a new story. Ah, my new story, it is a story about a sheik and a belly dancer-the working title is the Sheikh and the Shake. I chuckle every time I say it. That’s what I needed to work on, a story that made me chuckle, not one that I dreaded facing every day.
So I told my honey that Eli’s and Mia’s story was a lost cause. I’d work on it until the end of the year, but after that I was giving up. I couldn’t devote more time to this story, and lord knows it might be many more months before it was ready to send out. Come January, I was going to let myself work on that new project. And then something miraculous happened, suddenly I didn’t hate Mia and Eli’s story. It wasn’t such a lost cause. It had lots of flaws, but also a lot of great things going for it. This was a story I could fix, even if it might take a little extra time. Heck, I might even be able to get the story out the door come January first. That’s right; I fell in love with my story again. By admitting my frustration and fears out loud, and by allowing myself to give up on the story if I chose, I was able to appreciate it all over again. So I’m in love again yall. And it feels great! Who knows if the story will be done by the new year and maybe I will decide to work on something new in a few months, but for now I’m happy to keep plugging away at Eli and Mia’s journey. I hope you’ll soon be able to read about them