The day has finally arrived! Yes, though it's been years in the making and, at times, a painstaking process, I'm finally at the finish line. Lots of edits, rewrites, tears, triumphs and obstacles to climb, but alas, the day has come. And I can't even tell you how proud I am of the accomplishment.
Seeing as The Girl in the Glass Box is my first novel, I won't pretend that the learning curve hasn't been steep. I have learn so much about this book, writing, about myself as a writer through this process that I can't even being to describe. There have been days I've wanted to give up (which I'm certain is pretty normal). There were days I thought my writing was pure brilliance, only to delete the whole section the next day. And there were days I doubted my ability at all, thinking to myself, "What on Earth am I doing?! This is all crap and no one is going to care about what I have to say!"
That self-doubt, at times, is debilitating. It's the reason writers often feel blocked or stunted or discouraged. Because many times, we just are afraid we aren't good enough and we are afraid of the impending judgement once that book is release to the masses. It's a hard thing to do, to put your passion and your hard-work out on display and allow people to critique it. It is without doubt a labor of love, like all art is. But art feeds the soul and for an artist, creating is like breathing. We have to do it to survive. So I can't tell you how excited I am to have overcome that doubt and that fear in order to produce something I am truly proud to call my own.
I hope you all love it. And if you don't that's okay because we're all entitled to feel what we feel when experiencing art. But just consider how much time and effort and passion went into its creation before critiquing anything too harshly. I see so often how cruel some people can be behind the screen of a computer or behind the comfort of anonymity. Opinions are a wonderful thing to have, but remember there is a person who has spent a great deal of time putting his/her soul into creating something for you. We are all welcome to our own opinions and oftentimes, it's important for writers to hear legitimate critiques so that we can learn and grown. But insensitive or unjustified heartlessness is something we all should stand up against. Because if artists are afraid of such viciousness, they may be afraid to create, which could result in the loss of some wonderful innovation and invention.
Anyway, I'll get off my soapbox now! I'm just so excited to share this book with all of you and I truly am grateful to all of you. From the bottomest tip of my overflowing heart! Thank you for your support and your excitement and your readership! You all make it possible and worthwhile.