Back to the beginning

The books are here, the bookmarks are here, the door prizes for the launch party are almost ready, and it’s official: Stone Alliance is in its finished form, no more to be hacked apart and reassembled.

And just like that, I’m jumping from my beautifully polished, finished project to some really rough early drafts.

It’s hard.

The characters refuse to settle into their roles and personalities, I’m falling into gaping plot holes every two steps, and oh, the clich├ęs!

This is the point where my writerly ego takes a severe battering. It’s happened before, it’ll happen again, I’ll keep pushing through it. But I think one of the hardest parts of being a writer is that the first draft never seems to get better, no matter how many first drafts you’ve written.

What’s the hardest part of the writing process for you?

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