I know I've been saying for years that I'm finishing up editing and am trying to get published, but that's really what I've been doing. I'm a perfectionist and I want it to be the best it can without over-editing and losing the style and the voice of my writing. It's a fine line.
I like to call the way I write story weaving. I have many threads I weave together and at the end I must make sure all loose ends are tied.
For those who don't know it's a Fantasy Novel, the first of a series chronicling the lives of several in a world I created. It took time to create the geography, geology, history, and the ways people act, talk, eat, dress and relate to one another in the seven different countries I created, each varying, each similar.
I studied many subjects for this book: silk worms, history of velvet and silk, flax, the effect mountain weather has on the valley below, the climate changes, languages, psychology, armor (swords, vambraces, cuirass, shields - you name it), windmills, alternative energy, architecture, stones and crystals, legends, wool and sheep, goat raising, the reason some doves come out white (due to the amount of melanin they receive in the egg), dove flight, saddles, how many miles per hour a carriage goes, clothing terms...the list goes on and on of strange things you never really think about.
It's taken much of my social life, most of my time, and I'm grateful that I was homeschooled and had extra time after studying to actually write and research. It's been my baby. Hopefully all of the time and hard work will pay off and I'll be able to get an agent. It's my goal for this year. This is the year I've got to try and make it happen.