• Cheryl

Friday Happy Hour: Awesome Week!

Updated: Apr 28

I did it! I finished it this morning - the second full read-through and editing of the novel! I didn't get much of anything ELSE done this week, but it feels incredible to have this latest round of edits completed. There are at least two more rounds to go, but neither should be as strenuous as this last one - I know what things to be addressed and exactly how I'll address them, and so most of the heavy thinking and figuring is already done.

Going through "Beached" this week reminded me of how much I love writing, how much I love this book, and how much I love my plans for the rest of the series. It's reignited my excitement for it and motivated me to keep up the pace so I can get started on what comes next, both with publication and with Book Two. And that's an amazing feeling. If you love to create like I do, whether it's books or planner layouts or podcasts or whatever it is that YOU love to create, you know what I'm talking about. I could easily spend the rest of my life creating and never get bored, and I love that I get to do this every single day.

Like I said, I didn't get much else done this week - I deliberately kept the to-do list short since I knew the bulk of my time would be spend editing, but even my short list is still mostly uncompleted. And that's okay. Something I do make a point to do each day is read a chapter of whatever inspirational/motivational/craft book I'm in the midst of, and I did keep that up. The current book is "Do It Scared," by Scott Allan. Everyone experiences self-doubt and lack of confidence in taking chances, and I'm no different. One of my favorite quotes is "Sometimes the fear won't go away, so you're going to have to do it afraid" - I unfortunately don't know who said it, so at the moment, I can't give credit where credit is due, but I remind myself of it all the time. "Do It Scared" walks you through the steps you can take to push through the fear and do the things you want to do, recognize the habits that keep you stuck, and encourage you to make the changes you need to make to start and keep going. I read five more chapters this week, one each day, so I got to cross that off the to-do list. And one of the things Allan talks about is definitely true: Once you actually do something and succeed, you want to keep going. That's how I feel after finishing this second read-through of my novel. I just want to keep going.

Otherwise, everything that didn't get done this week will be transferred onto next week's list, a good deal of which has to do with "Anything But Routine." I have so many ideas, and I want to see where I can take them and where they can take me. Again - creating. :-)

Have a great weekend!