A kind word can make the edits all the better.

I’m not going to lie: I’ve had better holidays. Life has been throwing my family a series of curve balls which have made it impossible for me to get home for the holidays. Luckily, I have friends who are in a similar boat and we’re planning on having Christmas together, but this is the first time I’ll be spending the holiday away from family.

No doubt the past several weeks have been stressful, but I’m finally back to work after a hiatus. I’ve printed off this draft of Neon Girlfriend, and I’m proud to say that it’s about three hundred and fifty pages.

This is the longest thing I’ve ever written, and I feel a little bit of pride every time I lug the whole thing around while I work on editing. The pride in the manuscript is mitigated by the anxiety of editing. Mainly because I worry if I start picking it apart I’ll have to take off my rose-colored glasses and see where it needs work.

So, I’ve been avoiding it a bit, but I got an email from one of my first readers last night that really made my night. She said she loved my main character, and that she thought my writing was really strong.

It was a simple email and one that I really needed.  It gave me the courage to pick up the edits again. This may sound silly, but it put me back in the holiday spirit. It got me out of the funk I’ve been in. It’s surprising how a couple of sentences from a friend can really turn things around.

My friend’s email doesn’t change my holiday plans, and I’m sure I’ll still be a little sad on Christmas day, but the fact that she thought my main character was intriguing enough to read about was just the kick in the pants I needed.

Sappy, but a good word about one thing in your life can really make the difference when you least expect it.

I won’t be posting until after the new year, so I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season however you chose to celebrate!

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