I Did It!

I Did It!

Remember when I shared I was part of A Very Bookish Easter anthology and my plans for a Heidi-inspired novella? I wrote a large chunk during my escapades as a NaNoRebel but soon fell into writer’s block and dissatisfaction with the tone and direction of my story…

Each day as my deadline drew closer, I knew I couldn’t continue writing it.

Two days before the year ended, I took the plunge and completely started over. Square one, fresh document, no borrowing words from the original draft (except a short description).

Back when I was just starting chapter 3 😭

I wrote like a crazy fiend for the next two weeks through vacation, illness, and ginormous work projects. I wrote in the car, in bed, at the coffee shop, in my living room. Lots of tea was consumed. 😉

Chai and cupcake Squishmallow for support

As the story took shape this time, I found both the joy and the deep theme I was missing. It became a celebration of spring, of a hometown very inspired by my own, of a close-knit family and community.

And it became an exploration of church hurt and longing for wholeness again.

I really am so grateful (and mildly shocked 😅) to have this novella completed. It’s been three years since my last new book, so this feels like a huge step and a big blessing.

My coffeeshop buddy 💖

It’s currently in the hands of my fabulous beta-reading team and after that it’ll be sent on over to my editor. 🙌

I named it “Addie’s Mountain”, and I can’t wait to share it with you. 💖

5 thoughts on “I Did It!

  1. Hooray! I’m so glad it turned out, Kate. Starting over can be daunting, but I believe in trusting your instinct (lol, mostly me preaching to myself as I’m realizing my current project needs something similar, like a major overhaul.) And can I just add that your little cupcake squishmallow is so cute?!! I shouldn’t show my sister; she’s gotten obsessed with them and soon the house may just become full with squishmallows XD.

    Can’t wait for your novella to come out; best wishes with the upcoming edits 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! Aww, I’m sorry it does but I know you’ll do great with it. Eek, thank you! That was a Christmas gift from one of my besties. Oh, dear. I started my sisters on them too, and their house has quite a few now. 😉

      Thanks so much! I can’t wait to share it.

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