I like to think of my first novel as a before picture. Like I recently found a facial cream that I just knew was right for me and my skin. I took a before picture and then used the cream religiously for years.
My very first draft to my very first novel, was equivalent to the first month of using the cream. It felt right, like I was doing myself good. Yet it wasn’t a habit yet, it was forced and I had no clue how to actually use it right and make a routine of it. I had to make the time, and remind myself to use it daily.
Slowly over time, acne cleared, wrinkles smoothed, and the tone began to shine. I noticed improvements, words flowed easier, time management slipped into place. The writing style of my second book was much better than my first. Kind of like…
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