And, We’re Back in Business

It was last week when I felt a little twinge and I thought “Humm… I would like to work on When Life Hands You Lymes again.” I didn’t think much about it because I was in the process of writing a book in a totally different series. 
Then, a day or so later I felt the urge again. That’s when it hit me, Oh my goodness! I WANT TO WORK ON WLHYL! I was amazed and excited and enthusiastic and promptly sat down to begin the sixth draft. 
Why did this evoke so much emotion from me? Well, ever since finishing the fifth draft of WLHYL at the end of October I have not wanted to see or hear or even think about anything to do with the book or with Lyme disease. It was to the point that I would immediately switch to a new train of thought if the story entered my mind or else I would feel like crying. (Drama much, anyone?)

After a six and a half week break I felt refreshed, renewed, and eager to tackle the project again. Reading the book has been rewarding this time through. Yes, there are still issues and who knows what all a professional editor will say when they get it in their hands… But it’s come so far from the first draft and even further from the seed that was planted in my heart when I was on my way home from an out-of-state specialist who finally diagnosed me with Lyme disease three and a half years ago.

This isn’t my story, and yet in a way it is my story. That is what makes it so hard and tear-inducing and rewarding. That is why I want to make it the best that I can. That is why it’s taken me so very long to complete.

Wanting to immerse myself in WHLYL again feels like a gift and I’m so very thankful for it. I think within a few weeks (maybe months?) it will be time to move on to the next stage of getting the book published and I think at long last I’m ready for that.

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What about you? Do you have a project that is hard to work on because it’s so much a part of you? What stage are you on with your writing? 

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