Rough Waters

Okay, so the other day I began a new novel. It’s a bit scary. It’s like setting sail on an old boat made from rotting wood. But there are the stars – and they are bright and scintillant. They will guide me through the perils of my attempts at perfection. And there is no land in sight and the winds are strong, and I’m constantly losing balance, then I almost lose an oar, but recover it. I’ve traversed the dark ocean of the first chapter, and as I sail though cold lonely days and forbidding nights, the chapters will come, because I am hungry and drained, and look forward to mooring on the soft sands of the end of the book.

2 Comments on Rough Waters

  1. kelanning98
    October 20, 2015 at 5:58 PM (4 years ago)

    Dan, I’ve been enjoying your blog! I’m not published either though I’ve just “finished” (never completed ’till the fat lady sings…. or they get published.) my first novel and sending it around for agent rejections. Oddly, as a writing strategy, I’ve found starting the story, jumping to the end, then working my way back to the beginning works for me.

    All the best and you’ll get published. To quote Triton in the Golden Fleece: “Go in joy, and as for labor, let there be no grieving that limbs in youthful vigor should still toil.”

    Karen Lanning

    • Dan Proops
      May 7, 2016 at 4:32 PM (4 years ago)

      Sorry for the long get back – glad you like the blog. And keep at it Fitzgerald got 122 rejections lol. Gluck with your projects. (awesome quote)


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