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Like always, my writing has been an outlet for me, a form of escape when times get rough. In the midst of sorrow, writing is the light. I am happy to say that my second novel is nearly complete. It wasn't the story I thought would be my second novel, but that one has been put on the back burner for now. I will get around to finishing it one of these days. I have been working on this current story, tentatively called "I'll Love You Forever," for a little over a year now. It's been fun. And that's what I missed about writing, the fun of it -- the joy I always got from it. "I'll Love You Forever" has helped me rediscover some of that joy and get some of my passion for writing back.
I don't always write for fun, or even for myself, and it's easy to get burned out. Lately I had been feeling discouraged, wondering where my inspiration had gone. It's true what they say -- sometimes you have to force yourself to write despite being uninspired. Inspiration will find you somehow. And knowing I am so close to completing another novel is motivation for me to keep going.
I am hoping to release "I'll Love You Forever" sometime within the next year. I will need to make revisions and edit it first and all that (not so) fun stuff. I can't wait to see the final product. I can't wait for you all to see it. I have lots of stories to tell and share with the world -- I'd just forgotten that it's my job to tell them.