I regret that I have missed a major milestone. Last Thursday, Part-Time Novel turned one! This is great news for a writer that sometimes makes decisions on a whim and does not always harbor a realistic sense of time.
Here is what I desired for this blog at the beginning:
The intention of this blog is to share what I have learned with those who work full time, have children, are otherwise engaged, but still have the wild dream of publishing a novel someday. Thus, with all of the other responsibilities you and I juggle, I thought Part-Time Novel would be a good title. I hope that through this site my readers will be able to see my progress and triumphs as well as share their own.
I’d like to think I’m still circling that idea.
Also, over the last year I completed another draft of my novel, met with an agent, and continue to get comments from people that also love writing every week.
It’s such a thrill to be on this journey. And I believe writing is similar to long journeys that you and I read about in novels. The perils of trying something new, the dashed hopes that come with a rejection letter, and the eucatastrophe that comes with a new idea on how to finish that stubborn chapter, are all pieces of this grand struggle.
I guess what you can draw from this post writer is that there are times to forge ahead into new territory and up the hard mountain of another draft. But there are also times to take a moment and look back down the slope you have climbed and give yourself a moment to appreciate how far you have come.
Here’s to many happy returns for our wild dreams of publishing a novel someday.
12 thoughts on “Part-Time Novel Turns 1!”
Happy 1st Blogday! Bob, you, your friendship, your writing, and your blog are all inspirations to me. Thanks for being so awesome!
Same to you Josh. Thank you my friend.
I second Josh’s congratulations. This is no small milestone, Bob. Your rabid commitment to writing, to improving, and to making-sure-everyone-of-us-lives-up-to-our-potential has been such a blessing to me. Great work, my friend. I have every confidence that someday, indeed, you will publish a novel.
I could not have done it without you. Thanks for telling me I should start one and thanks for your encouragement as always. Hopefully we’ll both publish a novel someday!
Happy 1st Bloggaversary, Bob! While I’m still a fairly new follower to your blog, I’m enjoying the connection, and look forward to celebrating your next anniversary with you! All the best, Julie 🙂
Thanks Julie. I appreciate the comments and the encouragement you bring to Part-Time Novel!
Congratulations with the anniversary of your blog. And you’re prolific which means you had a kick-ass time and you contributed much to those of us in need of a connection and information. We thank you. Write on!
Thank you my friend!
I just realised I said “your” and not “you’re”. Damn.
lol. I glazed over that myself.
That’s why we’ll have professional editors when we’re published!
Yep, cannot live without them.
Congrats on your blogiversary. It’s interesting to compare our original vision to what we ultimately are doing a year later. I would like to think that I’ve stayed on course, too. 🙂 I haven’t turned one yet, but when I do, I’ll be looking at the history for sure.