No surprise, my hiatus from writing was only temporary. My motivation is still lacking, but based on my own experiences if I don’t start taking baby steps to get back to working, then it will essentially be like starting over. I want to grow as writer and not stay the same. I am tired of spinning my wheels in the mud.
I have been stalling with my progress on Dissonance. I am still waiting on feedback from a couple of readers, but honestly I am using that excuse as a delay tactic. Last week I decided in an attempt to get my motivation back, I would format Dissonance and upload it to CreateSpace to see approximately how many pages it would be when once it was printed. Honestly, I had a lot of fun playing around with the formatting. Once I got it formatted to print a standard 6×9 book, I decided it would be nice to have a copy of this “first” draft in a book form. So, I uploaded my Word file and created a sample cover. CreateSpace accepted my file and I ordered four proof copies.
I know there are still errors in the book and it’s not ready to see the shelves yet, but I think having a copy of my book in hand will do wonders for motivation. I hope having my book in a different format will help me with the editing and revision processes. I ordered four so I could mark up two of them and send one off to my special reader in Florida. She has been asking me about the series ever since I moved back to Indiana. The proofs should arrive next Monday. I’ll share photos of this first edition, even though there will be many changes before the book is released.
Hopefully, in the coming weeks I will have word of a crowdfunding campaign and hired or at least decided on an editor and cover artist. I still haven’t decided exactly what I want on the cover, but I starting to lean towards a painting or illustration instead of a photo mash-up.