……while working on my first round of notes from my editor, I had the conscious thought that Novel Now Finished would be a life changer. At the time, I thought it would center around picking up a book contract from a publisher (and it may well do).
However, as I’m working on incorporating changes based on my editor’s note, I’ve been slowly coming around to the idea that there is a deeper meaning to my original thought.
One of my editor’s most constant notes to me is about giving my Narrator more agency in her own story. To have her make smarter choices and decisions, to have a more active role in the events that surround her. To not rely on someone else to get her out of a situation or give up her identity in the process. In essence, I was being asked to give her the opportunity to own her life and see what happens.
Whether it’s moving home (Secrets & Howls), dealing with trauma (The Pike Horse) or even being open to true love (Much Ado Over Murder), I’ve noticed that I’m often working on stories that reflect what has happened or is currently occurring in my own life. I often won’t recognize these elements until much later, but I’m not surprised that Novel Now Finished is following this trend.
I’ve described Novel Now Finished as being about a woman who comes out of the shadows and not only reclaims her power, but embraces it.
Guess what’s going on in my own life, right this minute?