You Did That


If you’re reading this…this post is meant for you.

In high school I wrote a short story to impress a girl.  That story ended up getting me an A+, urged to enter some writing contests, and nudged towards contributing to our school newspaper.

I did that.

Approximately four years ago I succumbed to an urge.  It was something that bubbled up out of nowhere, lying dormant in me for a very long time, and I simply couldn’t get out of my mind or ignore.   As a result I wrote my first piece of fiction since my senior year of high school.  It was a short story that I never let anybody ever read.

I did that.

Six months later I wrote another short story, and this time I worked up enough courage to let my wife read it.  She loved it and encouraged me to pursue this quiescent passion even further.  I took that second short story and turned it into a full-blown, one-hundred-thirty-five thousand word novel.  

I did that.

After deciding to get more serious about the whole publication process, I did some research and realized my first book needed a lot of work before I could even consider moving forward.  So that book got shelved and I wrote another one.  A better one.

I did that.

Somewhere along the way I found the blogs.   With that discovery came a very different understanding of who I was, and what I was trying to become.  I read about your struggles, your success stories, your hard-earned tips nonchalantly passed along, and the endless supply of positive energy that buoyed me during times of self-doubt.  I linked up with awesome critique partners and beta readers that helped turn my ugly-duckling novel into the beautiful swan it is.

I am now querying that second novel.

You did that.

During this season of thanks…I thank you!  No matter what happens from this point forward, I’ll be eternally grateful to each and every one of you!

If you haven't voted for WRiTE CLUB Round 3 yet, you can do that here.  Also, don't forget about the Deja Vu Blogfest.

Happy Thanksgiving!  DL :)

23 comments

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!! May all your blessings come true.

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  2. So exciting about your novel, and I look forward to hearing positive news. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

    Taking each of those steps is enormous! :)

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  4. Awesome post. We often forget to remember what WE'VE DONE. We get to wound up on what we still have to do.

    Good luck on querying!

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving. Yay for querying. So great that you are at that point. Good luck.

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  6. Yay! This was a great post! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you on the querying front!

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  7. Very cool post. Congratulations on everything you've accomplished! Sometimes, we have to step back and forget about the things we didn't do and remember the things we did. Happy Thanksgiving, and I thank YOU for your posts and for following mine. :) I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!

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  8. Great post--I can't wait to read about your journey in finding your agent--Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. You know those stories about the author who writes one book on a whim and immediately lands a publisher and riches? I think those are like the lottery. Most of us travel a path very similiar to yours. A nagging, itchy, winding path....

    I'm glad that I sat down next to a certain guy at a conference to discover our parallel lives.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  10. Thankful for you too! Wishing you luck on your querying process. :)
    My Blog

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  11. Good luck with your query. Persistence pays off - just remember that.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  12. Aw! No wonder you share my sentiment. That is wonderful. Good luck!

    There are some amazing, kind, oh-so-incredibly-supportive people out there.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. For those of us on the journey, it takes the support of everyone here to maintain our course.
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  14. Awesome! Have fun with that querying. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving.

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  15. You DID do all of that, and more to come! Each step leads to something even better. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for all of your support!

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  16. Aw, you give us too much credit! :D Well, you've been a great supporter of all of us, my dear. I've got my fingers crossed for you. I hope to hear your good news soon. Happy Thanksgiving, guy.

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  17. Too cool! I love this post! What a journey we writers are on, huh? No matter where you start, the writing pathway is always untravelled, it's always new and fresh for everyone, and I love hearing about everyone's road and where it takes them!

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  18. Awwww :) Happy Thanksgiving! Eat lots of turkey!

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  19. Good for you, DL! It's crazy to go back and think about that first novel. At the time, I thought it was amazing and I had to get it out there ... oh my, how things change 5 stories later.... I'll always have fond memories of that first novel. Sometimes I miss it, but I've come to accept that our was a thing not meant to go public. lol
    Good luck on your queries and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  20. Happy Thanksgiving! You have to give thanks for the personal accomplishments--for the strength to just put it out there. Congratulations on having the stamina to go through the process.

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  21. Great post! I feel the same way and am still new to this community. It has opened my eyes to so much and I have met so many fantastic, supportive people. Happy, happy T-day!!

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  22. What a cool way to look back over your writer's journey. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! ((hugs)) to you, Kim and the kids!

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  23. Congratulations Don; so cool that you are querying :)

    Have a happy Thanksgiving weekend.

    ......dhole

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