In Erika's Dreams, For Writers, Motivation


I’m BAAACK in the saddle again.

(If you lived inside my head, you’d probably be plugging your ears right about now because this song – complete with Steven Tyler’s yowls – has been playing on loop for the past two weeks.)

It’s not because I heard it on the radio or because everyone on this season of Idol is singing Aerosmith. It’s because I am, in fact, back in the saddle again. The literary saddle, that is.

After several months of procrastination and avoidance, I finally forced myself to sit down, open my manuscript and pick up where I left off. In hindsight, jumping back in was much easier than I had built it up in my mind. And after re-reading the first chapter of my WIP (work-in-progress), I even found myself saying, “Hey! This isn’t half bad!”

In the two weeks that followed, I found myself falling in love with my project all over again…and remembering why I wanted to write this book in the first place.

The best part is, after months of being away, I feel like I’m looking at my manuscript with new eyes. I’m discovering aspects of my characters that I wasn’t able to access in my first draft. The conflict has more layers this time around. And I have newfound confidence in the plot (thanks, in big part, to my editor, Marlene Adelstein, who continues to serve as a terrific sounding board and source of motivation).

So now I’m gonna dream on, dream until the dream comes true…
Photo by Donna Thomas
Recent Posts
Contact me

Want to send me a message? Please do! I love from hearing from you and will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt