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Up until now I have been primarily measuring the success of my writing on the number of words I have written.  That’s not to say I haven’t focused on quality as well, but I considered it a successful day when the words were flowing freely and quickly.  Some days they do.  On those days I imagine giving speeches after winning the Pulitzer Prize.  Some days they don’t and I worry that I’m wasting time on a hopeless cause.

However, I’ve learned a lot about myself over the last five weeks. If nothing else comes from this venture at least I can say that.  I’ve reflected on my past and considered my future extensively.  To be honest, blogging is what’s grounding me to the present.  If it weren’t for this blog, my mind would be constantly floating through space and time.

I know I have an excellent story to tell, but I’m terrified that I’ll tell it poorly.  That’s why I’ve decided to stop holding myself to a word count.  Or maybe at least loosen it up a little.  I’m edited every five pages or so and I’ve gone back and added events that I forgot to write about in the first place.  Then I edit again to make sure it’s a smooth transition.  This takes time, but ultimately I think it will make my job easier because editing a book in its entirety is no simple task.

I hope my readers are gaining some knowledge into what it’s like to write a book.  Maybe you are just getting started, or maybe you are a few steps ahead of me and can give me some insight, but it would be great to get a conversation going!

Caitlin