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Thursday, January 17, 2019

How "Writer" Turns Into "Author"

Hello lovely readers,

I have really enjoyed writing and publishing on this blog during my winter break. It turns out, when I have time, writing is what I want to do - I love it. However, now that we're back to reality, so to speak, my novel is at the top of my priority list.

I am using all of my writing time working on editing my first novel. I have never published anything of this length before, and I have to admit it is harder than I thought it would be. I am trying to be patient with myself and trust the process, but this is taking all of my energy right now.

I look at this point in writing my novel with a sculptor's process in mind. By this I mean that I have an entire draft and I am going through and chiseling off chunks to make the shape right. Now I am beginning to go through and sand down the edges making it smooth and refined. At this point I am working a lot on visual detail descriptions and transitional scenes.

It's amazing how much there is to decide when it comes to writing a novel. Everything from where the characters live to what kind of watch they wear. These details, the atmosphere of their house and their choice of clothes and accessories, do not seem big, but they make the difference when you are trying to get lost in a story.

I believe in this story I am telling and I am learning to believe in myself as a writer.

I have been a writer pretty much all of my life, but I am looking forward to the time when I can call myself an author. My hope is to publish this novel, "Leap of Faith" by the end of 2019.

With that, I present to you my first (hopefully of many) plugs for my upcoming novel:


Leap of Faith 
by Amanda McCusker 

*Cover art not finalized*

Aria Dalton could not wait to get as far away from her Carolina home as she possibly could. She made it as far as the loud and bright Sin City. As a writer, she could go anywhere, but the dream was the glamorous life in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, after several years in the thick of it, the reality is not as exciting as the ideal. The trouble is now she's not sure where to go from here. 
Roman Wagner spent the last six years of his life with his nose stuck in a book trying to make sense of the world through the languages of computer science. Though the world still didn't make any sense, at least he had the education and drive to land a dream job right back where he started in Charleston, South Carolina. He loved his work, yet still felt there was something missing. He never thought he would find it on a company trip for a convention in Las Vegas.  
On a chance encounter, Aria and Roman make an unexpected connection while dancing on the streets of "downtown" Las Vegas. The Fremont Experience will have whole new meaning as the sparks fly and Aria and Roman have to decide for themselves whether they are reading and willing to take that leap of faith.  

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Announcing my novel makes it real. I am so excited to make this dream a reality.

Thank you beautiful community for all of your support and love. I will be back with lots of things to write about in time. I would like to explore more topics about the process of writing as well as the necessary self-care when working on a big project. It has been a series of learning opportunities for me during this experience, ones I will be excited to share with you.

What dreams are you working towards this year? Whatever it is, stay focused on your goal and make those small changes in your life to get there. You are worthy of your dreams, now go after them. Enjoy this beautiful life - every little crazy moment of it.

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