A long time ago, I began writing the sequel to my first book, Lip Reader. With the first draft half complete, my laptop locked up and died. I thought the sequel died with it. Then I found an email I’d sent to myself, and it had the manuscript attached. My book had been saved.
But then life happened. We moved. My older kids started a new school. Hubby’s job became more demanding. I had an active toddler. For months, I ignored the email with the half-completed book attached. When I finally sat to peck away at the story from a different computer, something else died: my desire to finish the sequel.
Four years later, here I am with the same incomplete manuscript and several hints that I should get back at it. The kids are all in school, we are long settled in our home, Hubby’s job is going well. And I’ve entered that phase of What Do I Want to Do with Myself Now.
This Monday morning at approximately two o’clock in the afternoon, I sat at the computer and began writing the sequel’s next chapter. It wasn’t easy. The story had so many loose ends and character details I needed to work out.
I titled the new chapter “Part Two.”
Have you ever started a project and let it sit for years untouched? Where did you get your motivation to tackle it again? Want to be each other’s Motivation Partner? I’d love to hear from you.