Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you spent it with good food and good company.
My Christmas was lovely. Lots of pasta and roast pork and rice. These are the days I’m happy to be Italian-Puerto Rican. I’m grateful for every present I received. Some sweaters and sock, a Barnes and Noble gift card (that I am eager to spend), some cozy boots too. Also, my amazing boyfriend bought me a new laptop, which I’m using right now!
He’s a wonderful guy. We’ve been together a long time. And he’s read all of my short stories throughout my college days (the poor guy). Since I met him, he’s always been so supportive about my writing. So, this year, I was sentimental with the gifts I gave him this year. I printed out my first draft, the first 20,000 words of my novel, for him. He’s used to my work being 2-4,000 words long, this draft was a big leap. Usually, I dislike people reading my unfinished work. But to me, this felt like a milestone. And I wanted to share that with someone. Who better than my better half?
I know I still have a long way to go. That there’s so much work left to be done. But that’s okay. My goal has always been to write and publish a great story, to have it sit on a shelf in a bookstore. Slowly, but surely, right? And who knows? If my novel ever does get published, we’ll always have this first draft as a reminder of humble beginnings.
I printed a copy for myself, to reflect and make notes. I think it will be easier to edit and adjust with a physical copy. It’s also a nice feeling to have something I can hold in my hands. Side note; I will probably do an WIP tag very soon.
Once again, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. What presents did you get? And who would you share your first draft with? Let me know in the comments below.
Write with Heart,