Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Draft Four Begins

I'm scared.

For nearly twenty years I've written novels, seven unpublished manuscripts so far.  Truth be told, I wrote my first complete manuscript in 1987 intending to sell it to Silhouette Romance. 

Shhh.  Don't tell anyone.  :-)  Not because I intended to write category romance, but because I've been knocking at the same door for twenty-six years now.

What's the definition of insanity?

This novel is different, though.  I can feel it.

We're partners this time. 


Those other efforts I tried like hell to control it and each time it took control of me.  The results ranges from uneven to downright awful.

This time is different, and not just because it's a ghost story.

She whispers to me in the dark.  I listen.  I feel.  I think.  And we decide together.

My writers groups then help refine, tweak, sculpt.

So I'm starting draft four, knowing the story well and in how many different directions it can go.  More important, I know which direction we should travel.

My lovely ghost will guide me.

So why then am I scared?

Am I scared?

In zoology class I took in college in the 1970's, the professor proclaimed that the chemical response in the human body to fear and excitement is identical.  Our mind determines which.

So, no.  I not scared at all.

I'm damn excited.

So I begin today by reading draft three.

I'll keep y'all posted on my progress


  1. Good luck with your revisions.

  2. It's going to go well......I can't wait 'til we can all read it.

  3. great post Rocky, I can't wait to read this book :)

  4. Just your prelude makes me want to read this book. Good luck, will be looking for future posts!
    P.S. - If you swing the bat enough times eventually you hit a home run:)

  5. Thank you Sally, Delores, Jodie, and Vicki! I appreciate it, and am looking forward to finishing it! :-)

  6. Not too long ago on my blog, I compared writing to sex. I forget now how I managed the comparison, but I guess it's my idea of it being thrilling, terrifying, and tiring, all at the same time. Or that I love both. At least I can write. :-)

    Party on, Rocky!
    Some Dark Romantic

    1. LOL. I COMPLETELY understand. :-)

  7. Best wishes to your success. You epitomize the serious writer.

    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

    1. Thanks, Lee! That compliment is something to smile about. :-)

  8. I know people who really hate revisions but this is where the magic happens. Good luck. Excited for you!

  9. Looking forward to the story. Having a ghost partner instead of ghost writer? I'm jealous.

  10. Yee hah!!! I'm glad you came to that conclusion on your own - about fear and excitement, because that was exactly what I was going to say to you. xx


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