Writers all have their own preferences for writing. Some write early in the morning, some write at night, and most of the good ones write every day. It’s all part of the writing process. Here’s how this writer achieved her dream by following her writing process.
I have to have silence when I write and I like to be alone so I have no distractions. I find that I like to write near the ocean, where the sounds of the waves drown out any other sounds. For me the water is relaxing and soothing, and being near the ocean becomes a part of my process. I thought it would also be inspiring if I could spend a couple of weeks alone at the sea on the Amalfi Coast to finish writing my first novel, a work I had begun two years ago.
I am fortunate in that my dream became a reality and I have been able to spend two weeks last month in Positano on the beautiful Amalfi Coast finishing up Critical Cover-Up, my first novel.
This has been a work in progress for the past two years, during which time I had put it on the back burner so I could write and publish Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. I think it’s more than a coincidence that after I finished that book , I chose the Amalfi Coast as the place to find my inspiration to complete writing the first draft of Critical Cover-Up.
Writing my first draft is now complete and I have begun the first rewrite, another part of the writing process. After completing this lengthy process, i can say I have finished the second draft. My manuscript is in the hands of four beta readers, whose feedback will be invaluable to me, as I review it and continue with the rewriting process and the third draft. After that I will hand it over to my editor who will send it back to me to make more changes and start the fourth draft. Al part of the writing process. A good editor and award-winning author once told me to expect to write at least five drafts before publishing a book. At first I thought she was crazy but I have since learned that she was right.
I’ll then be working on my cover, collaborating with an expert I know and trust. I plan to release my book as an e-book as well as a paperback edition, and it will be available on Amazon.com as well as in the UK and other countries.
If all goes well I am hoping for a spring release date, so definitely stay tuned for more updates.
Enjoy a few more photos from my inspiring place in Italy. All I have to do is see these images and I feel completely relaxed.
How about you? What relaxes you? Where is your go-to place to feel inspired? I’m eager to hear your feedback so please leave a comment.
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Grazie and Ciao
Addendum: As of the fall, 2017, Critical Cover-Up has been published and is available on Kindle and in paperback. Check it out here.